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Clarkston Champions

Speak Up for Kids

Have you ever wondered how or why decisions are made that affect our kids’ future? Do you wish you could have a voice in shaping that future? If so, we invite you to become a Clarkston Champion.

Clarkston Champions in Washington

Clarkston Champions are a new effort led by Clarkston Community Schools to build and coordinate our relationships and connections with the decision-makers who create and enact laws that impact our students and schools.

It has never been more important to speak up on behalf of our kids, schools and community. The good news is you don’t need to be an advocacy expert to talk about what’s best for our kids! Whether you are a student, staff member, parent or community member, your voice and passion are all that is needed to make a difference.

School board members will lead a workshop this spring to introduce the art of effective advocacy, how the legislative process works (and when we can have the most influence), and the many ways you can help fight for what’s best for Clarkston’s kids, schools and community.


Know Your Elected Officials

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

U.S. Senators for the State of Michigan
Senator Gary Peters
Hart Senate Office Building, Suite 724
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Debbie Stabenow
731 Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

U.S House of Representatives
Congressman Mike Bishop, District 8
428 Cannon Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Governor of Michigan
Rick Snyder

Michigan Senator for District 12
Senator Jim Marleau


Michigan Senator for District 44
Senator David Robertson

Michigan State Representative for District 44
Rep. Jim Runestad

Michigan State Representative for District 43
Rep. Jim Tedder

Michigan Senate Education Committee
Senator Phil Pavlov

Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Education Reform
Tim Kelly

Michigan State Board of Education
Brian Whiston, Chairman

Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education
Elizabeth Egan, President


Kick-Off Events

Join us on Tuesday, May 1 at our Clarkston Champions kick-off events! We will run these events twice: once in the morning, and once in the evening.

9:30am-10:30am and 5pm-6pm: Who We Are, What We Do & Why We Need You
Learn more about how you can help influence the issues that impact our schools.

10:30am-noon and 6pm-7:30pm: Government 101.
In this Clarkston Champions Bootcamp, you'll get a crash course in what happens in Lansing and Washington D.C., and why it's easier than you think to be an advocate for our schools.


Steering Committee

Daryl Biallas
Clarkston Community Schools Spanish Teacher & President, Clarkston Education Association

Mary Herzenstiel
Clarkston Community Schools Parent

Kelli Horst
Clarkston Community Schools Board Vice President & Parent

Steve Hyer
Clarkston Community Schools Board Secretary & Parent

Mary Ellen Rowe
Clarkston Community Schools Marketing Director & Parent

Shawn Ryan
Clarkston Community Schools Interim Superintendent & Parent

School Finance Research Collaborative