Unified effortsWritten by Mike Bell | | email@example.com
To the students of Woodward High School and young people of Toledo:
Let me begin by thanking you for your well wishes. I appreciate the positive thoughts you have sent, as well as the concerns you have voiced for our city. It is clear from your letters that you have strong opinions about the issues affecting Toledo and have a vested interest in seeing them resolved.
As a student at Woodward, I learned to work hard to achieve good grades in the classroom and victory on the football field. I enjoyed being part of a team, and that continued when I attended the University of Toledo. I had the opportunity to play Rocket football and was team captain my senior year. It was a good feeling to be a part of a group of people working toward the same goal.
For the next four years, it’s my responsibility to be the “team captain” for the city of Toledo. As your letters reflect, we have many challenges ahead of us and it will take a unified effort with participants from all parts of the community to move our team forward.
I commit to you that I will work to ensure that the city is providing the services that our residents pay for, expect and deserve; I will work to ensure that when you are ready to enter the work force that there are jobs in this community so you can remain here near your families; I commit to ensuring that all parts of Toledo are safe and that your neighborhoods are a secure place for you, your family and friends to live and play; and I commit to working with the schools across the city to support them in their mission to provide the young people of Toledo with an excellent education, preparing them for the next stage in life.
This commitment is a big job and will require many difficult decisions in the coming years. I take this very seriously and I will give my best and total effort to improving our city.
In return, I ask two things from you, your classmates and the young people of Toledo.
The first is that you always try your best. Whether you are studying for an exam, practicing for a game or rehearsing for a play or recital, always try your best. This means showing up for class, doing your homework and studying for exams. Sometimes it may mean staying after class for help from a teacher or asking questions when you don’t have the answers. By giving anything less than your best effort, you cheat yourself and inevitably fall short of your goals.
The second is to give back to your community. I have received a great number of benefits from Toledo and the people who live here. In return I’ve been given the opportunity to give back nearly every day of my life as a firefighter, fire chief, as a charitable contributor, as fire marshal and now as mayor. There is an opportunity for all of us to give back to this community in our own way. Think of someone who has taught you, supported you, encouraged you or helped you in some way and find a way to make a contribution to Toledo in return for that kindness.
This community is your team. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for everyone here and to show the rest of the world all that we have to offer. We all have a stake in the success of that goal and we can all play a part in making it happen. Best wishes for a prosperous 2010.
Michael P. Bell will take office as Mayor of Toledo on Jan. 4.