My name is Nick K. Lambros and I am a candidate for Riverside School District 96. My wife, Lisa Cunningham Lambros, and I have been married for over 30 years and have made Riverside our home for the last 16 years. In that time, we have endured the loss of our home three times as a result of historic Des Plaines River floods.

In each flood, we experienced the support and kindness of this wonderful community and with the help of neighbors and friends we rebuilt our home and strengthened our already strong ties to the community. As the river readied itself to engulf our home, volunteers including neighbors and strangers mounted a sandbag war to stop it.

Most notably were those young student volunteers who were part of District 96. My wife and I still get choked up thinking about the character and kindness that those young students demonstrated during a desperate and very low point in our lives.

I am running for school board member because I would like to give back to the community generally and to District 96 specifically. My unique professional experience will be an asset and will bring a fresh approach to the District 96 school board. As an owner of a real estate management services company as well as a clerical services company, I foster and encourage participation, communication, imaginative thinking along with financial clarity.

All the candidates running should be commended for their willingness to volunteer their time and resources to the students of District 96. I am certain that my unique experience and insight would allow the District 96 board to make the best decisions to obtain our educational goals, while getting the best value for every dollar spent.

I will work hard to ensure the continued excellence of District 96. I ask for your vote on April 4.