Susan & Steve Chamberlin wrote the op-ed below for the Richmond Standard.

As the 2016 election cycle gets hotter, we know that our names will come up. We wanted to take this opportunity to explain who we are, why we care so much about public education, and the reasons we choose to direct our giving the way we do.

We grew up in Hawaii and are both products of the public school system there. We were not born into wealth. We met in high school and have been together ever since, including being married for 50 years.

We were both brought up with a deep respect for the potential of all people, the importance of choice-filled lives, and the ability of an excellent education to be the key to unlock a young person’s future.

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