We must focus on an equitable recovery that raises up every single person.
The three key words that every municipal and elected official in the country will be focused on in 2021 are “respond,” “recover,” and “rebuild.”
We have to respond to the needs of our communities both in terms of health and safety. When I started my career as a third-grade teacher here in South Carolina, I spent more time than most asking about hand washing. This is probably true for most teachers before this past year, when the importance of hand washing became part of the national conversation and everyone was reminded on a daily basis of its importance when we consider that clean hands are among our first defenses against viruses. The key to proper hand washing: access to clean water.