I come from a large family where I learned the importance of taking care of each other. One set of rules I live by is, "help everyone you can, follow the rules, and stay within the guidelines." I am empowered to help others find their voice and teach them how to use it.
During my time at New Albany High School, I had my first black teacher, Mr. Randolph. I remember that he looked out for us, and we could go to him with anything. In high school, I was with the band as a member of the Color Guard. I was also elected class secretary in my senior year.
The teachers and experiences I had at NAHS helped me become the person I am today. I find great value in the Education Foundation's work to address food insecurity through Blessing in a Backpack. It is so difficult to learn and focus on your work when you are hungry. I am also an avid reader and am encouraged by the Imagination Library program because access to reading is access to knowledge.
-Nicole Yates, New Albany High School ‘90