Blessed To Have Borland Family Protecting Us All

December 22, 2018

Editor: Kim and Ruth Borland, the parents of Sarah and Joe Borland, all attorneys, are a family extraordinaire. For over 30 years, Kim and Ruth have initiated and run the Valley Santa program. This yearly program started modest and has grown to over 350 volunteers, with 4,000 underprivileged children receiving gifts for Christmas. Raising the funds, buying the gifts and wrapping and delivering them, an awesome task to say the least. But there is more, much more. For the past 20 plus years the Borlands have coached the highly successful Meyers High School Speech and Debate Team. They transport theses students to all parts of Pennsylvania and other states. They visit universities, participating at Harvard University’s debate event for high school students. As president of the Save Our Schools Inc., I have first-hand knowledge of the very time-consuming volunteer work done by the Borland & Borland Law firm for our non-profit. For the past three years, the Borlands have provided their law office conference room for our monthly meetings. They have conducted research, attended all our meetings and 95 percent of all school board meetings. They have had meetings with the superintendent and the solicitor. Why? Because they are concerned about the 7,000 children; they are concerned that the school district that educated their two children could be in jeopardy. The Borlands are strong supporters of public education and with the number of students/families fleeing the district, now exceeding 600; public education in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District could be at risk. And yes, they are concerned about property taxes and the impact on senior citizens’ ability to keep their homesteads. The children, parents, educators, and residents of Luzerne County are blessed to have such a caring family looking out and protecting us all. Richard Holodick President Save Our Schools WILKES-BARRE

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