Nichole Markle
Nichole Markle campaign leader

<p>In high school I was inspired by a teacher who started a drama club. &nbsp;I spent those four years on the stage even though I was incredibly, painfully shy. &nbsp;On the stage I could become someone else and I could sing my heart out. &nbsp;Because of this teacher and my love of the arts, I went on to college to study music education, which ultimately led me back to Calaveras County where I have been teaching for nine years.</p><p>I believe the performing arts are incredibly important, and I've experienced firsthand the positive impact the arts can have on well over 1000 students in Calaveras County. &nbsp;Even in the face of recessionary times and dwindling resources, the stage continues to be a place where students can thrive. &nbsp;</p><p>In January of this year&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.45em;">the Calaveras Unified School District Board of Trustees voted against continuing with plans to build a performing arts center at Calaveras High School. &nbsp; The state-approved center would depend on roughly&nbsp;$4 million in funds remaining from Measure A, a $13.5 million general obligation bond approved by voters in the district in 2006.</span></p><p><b>Tell the CUSD Board of Trustees you support a new preforming arts center at Calaveras High School and share how music and the arts has made a difference in your life.</b></p>

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