Sam Harris does not have children and has never run for elected office. But he is bidding for a seat on the Carmel Clay Schools Board of Trustees out of a personal desire to invest in students and education.
“I am energized and excited about my candidacy,” said Harris, a professional fundraiser for the Alpha Sigma Phi Educational Foundation. “I graduated from high school nine years ago and credit my education for preparing me to become the motivated young professional I am today. I love that the first guiding principle of Carmel Clay Schools places students at the center of every decision.
“Every student, at every level, deserves the utmost care and respect from those around them. I want to bring my energy and passion for education to the school board as a fierce advocate for every student.”
Harris, 25, is one of nine candidates vying for two at-large seats. A Michigan native, he is confident that his role with the Alpha Sigma Phi Educational Foundation, a Carmel-based nonprofit that grows gifts and investments for the organization’s educational and development programs, has prepared him to serve on the CCS board.
“I spend my days partnering with alumni, parents and students to offer academic and need-based scholarships to members throughout the country,” said Harris, who moved to Carmel four years ago. “I am not yet married and do not have children of my own, but I have put my roots down in Carmel and want our schools to remain the very best in the state, both for my neighbors and the family I hope to start here.”
If elected, Harris plans to push for enhanced mental health curriculum and resources.
“I particularly want to advocate for the addition of mental health education for students,” he said. “Providing on-campus access to mental health services is an excellent first step for the district. However, students must learn why it is important to prioritize and understand their mental health.
“A safe environment will allow students to express themselves freely and feel valued in the classroom by their peers and teachers.”
For more, contact Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.