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Nurse-educator Rose to run for MCAS board

August 30, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — Peggy Rose of Michigan City has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the School Board for Michigan City Area Schools.

She describes herself as passionate about education who is deeply committed to and loves the community.

Rose has served on numerous boards and organizations, including Healthy Communities of La Porte County, the American Red Cross, Open Door Health Alliance, United Way and Marquette High School.

She is a Court Appointed Youth Advocate and has served as Health Services Coordinator for the parochial schools in Michigan City for more than 20 years.

Rose spent 13 years as a professor of nursing at Purdue University Northwest in Westville, leaving in Spring 2017. This fall, she will resume her role as an educator, teaching nursing at St. Mary’s College in South Bend. Rose is certified as a Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Nurse.

She emphasizes two key issues in her decision to run for School Board.

“The first is that school is the single most important institution available today to meet the complex needs of the youth of this community;” she said in a statement, “and secondly, a strong public school system is essential to the community’s success.”

Rose believes “any and all children can thrive in our current school system. But teachers and administrators need our constant support and advocacy if our children are to reach their full potential. When the school, home, and community environment are healthy and fully supportive, then the children and the community will succeed.”

She said if elected, “I will combine my passion for child welfare with my extensive experience as a teacher and nurse to fight for the right of every student to learn and grow in each and every one of our schools.”

Rose is a single mother of four children, ages 25-33. She has lived Michigan City since 1986 and is “excited about the growth” she’s witnessed and said she “wants to be an active participant in this growth.”

—From staff reports

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