Representative Vining is a proponent of public schools, she is pro inclusion, she is empathetic, and she has demonstrated that she values all people. As a mom of a child with a disability, these are the things I appreciate in my Representative. Robyn has shown that she recognizes that all people are equal, including differently-abled children. And she is creating an environment in the community overall that is empathetic.
My daughters are 4th generation Tosa school students. When our family was looking to buy a home, we fought to stay in the district because of Tosa schools. As the parent of a child with a disability, one of your biggest fears is how your child will be treated when they go out into the world. We have had no problems with our daughter’s peers while attending Tosa schools; they have all treated her exceptionally. That is a testament to how well families in Tosa raise their children: to treat everyone as human and as someone who belongs, to treat others with empathy and inclusion. Representative Vining is an embodiment of those values.
Kim is an amazing mom. Every year she raises money for a local Down syndrome organization so they can continue to provide support and services to families, like Kim’s, who have a loved one with Down syndrome. When Covid-19 closed schools this spring, Kim and her husband started a YouTube cooking program to help their daughter practice her occupational therapy skills, Cooking with Kitty.