What An Amazing Place We Call Home.

Yesterday was one of the busiest days of the campaign. My team and I spent the morning volunteering with the Youth Impact Project at Northern's campus. It was incredible to see so many families get the opportunity to prepare their children for the upcoming school year, and to know that the supplies were so generously donated by the community. Hats off to the organizers of the event for all of their hard work. I'm so glad we were able to be a part of it.

I spent the early afternoon at the Susquehanna Folk Music Festival at Roundtop for a program honoring Philip Horn, the recently retired executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Being an arts educator and now music education advocate, I was glad to be given the opportunity to hear Philip talk about his work with the council. It is more important than ever to advocate for the arts in our communities. There truly is nothing like attending a live performance or seeing artwork first hand. We are so fortunate to have a strong arts presence in our community. Thank you to Jessica Hayden for the invitation. 

My family and I spent the late afternoon at the Central Pennsylvania Pride Festival. Having lived in the sparsely-populated northern part of the commonwealth for most of our adult lives, neither of us had ever had the chance to attend PRIDE before. I was so incredibly moved by the experience. My son loved it. Being able to spend time as a family celebrating love in all its forms was a magical way to spend the afternoon. 

I walked to the Midtown after PRIDE to hear Jeff Weaver (Bernie's campaign manager) and John Fetterman talk politics. This process can be frustrating and exhausting - and yesterday was certainly exhausting - but these opportunities are so valuable. When we moved here a few years ago, we knew this was the right place to raise our son. I am so grateful for the opportunities this region has already provided to my family.  Now we need to work to make sure all Pennsylvanians have the chance to get what they need (and help others), experience the arts, celebrate love, and end their days feeling inspired. 

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Shanna Danielson