Deep Arizona roots

By: 
Guest Commentary, VICKI HUNT

Like the native desert plants that reach deep into the soil in search of water, my roots in this community run deep. Yes, I’m one of those rare individuals who can claim “Arizona Native” status. I was born in 1943 at the height of World War II to a mother who was also a native and a father who was an airman at Luke Field. My roots, however, run even deeper. My grandmother told me stories of her teenage adventures from Kansas, walking beside her family’s covered wagon all the way to this dry desert, which would be her home for the next 80 years. My grandfather came west for adventure; the west was “wild” then with lots of opportunity for young men. He became a “dirt farmer” who also did custom hay baling for farmers in the West Valley. Through hard work, he was finally able to purchase two acres on 54th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. This magical place opened up many adventures for my cousin, brother and me. It became our “wild West” playground every summer of my youth.
Hard work runs in our family. My mom was ahead of her generation in the way she approached education and work ethic. At this time, she worked at Gruber’s Underwear Factory in Glendale, her determination to put food on our table, but she knew she wanted more.
Ultimately, my parents both became teachers. I spent my career teaching at Peoria High School where my three children graduated. During that time, I met so many young people growing up in similar situations as mine. I understood both the challenges and the family ties in their lives.
I am proud to have deep roots in Arizona and especially in Peoria. I believe my experiences made me uniquely prepared to teach young people, and today make me uniquely qualified to serve the Acacia District, which I love. I still love to roll up my sleeves and do whatever it takes to improve our community. I am honored to have served Acacia District and the city of Peoria for the past 15 years and I would be honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve for the next four.

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