By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
MILLVILLE – Devonta Rogers said it was an obligation for him to step out and try to make a difference in his community, which is the reason that at 28 he threw his hat in the ring to run for the Millville Board of Education.
If elected he will be one of the youngest, if not the youngest, member of the board. Rogers, a 2012 graduate of Millville High School who works as a nurse and in management for CompleteCare Health Network, said that’s a good thing.
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“I actually decided to run away from the school board but a sense of obligation pressed on me,” Rogers said. “It is my obligation to build a relationship with the current leadership in Millville education.
“It is my obligation to build a relationship with the parents and students of Millville. It is my obligation to represent the concerns of my community to the school administrators and represent the needs of the students and school district to my community.”
Rogers said his heart was still heavy over the loss of one of his parents, Ronald Thomas Rogers Sr., in April from complications from COVID-19.
“I want to honor my father in this article,” Rogers told Front Runner New Jersey.com. “Thank you for all you taught me. I love you.”
Rogers is the youngest of three siblings and has lived in Millville all of his life. He said he hopes his candidacy will inspire other people his age to take responsibility for the town they grew up in and the school district that helped educate them.
“I am 28 years old and I think more young people need to get involved like this to build relationships with the community and create change,” he said.
Rogers said he has dedicated his life to “serving humanity by any means. I find delight in praying, strategic planning, executing plans, learning, and educating.”
On the school board, Rogers said will be able to add the opinion of “my community, more knowledge, wisdom, skill and inspiration,” in the body’s deliberations.
When so many young people are struggling to find their place in the world, Rogers is ahead of the game in realizing the power is in his hands to shape his future, the community and the children who live in it with his school board run.
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