Kids as Public School Advocates

Have you been talking to your kids about the state budget cuts? We’ve heard from a number of civic leaders that those in positions of power really listen when kids speak about their schools. Here is a fantastic way to get students of all ages involved in the fight for public education.

The entire Yinzer Nation is invited to “Write Now! Education Matters” on Saturday, April 14th, organized by our friends at Education Voters PA and the Western PA Writing Project. Join teachers, students, parents, and community members at the Children’s Museum on Pittsburgh’s Northside for a day of writing, making, and speaking on behalf of public education.

Volunteers and educators will help students from public schools from across Southwestern Pennsylvania write and publish letters, tweets, phone calls, screen prints, and paintings talking about why their public school matters. These materials will be used to educate community members, elected officials, and education policy makers about the importance of high quality public education. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate. Admission to the event is free (though there is a charge to enter the museum exhibits if you choose to do that).

Want to get more involved? Can you volunteer to help children of various ages with advocacy writing, audio recordings, and visual arts at one of the Advocacy Communication Stations? Volunteers are needed for one hour shifts between 10AM – 2PM. Please email Amanda Godley (amanda.godley@gmail.com) with the hour(s) you are available and your Advocacy Communication Station preference (writing, visual arts, audio-recording). Volunteers receive free admission to the museum.

Look how Yinzer Nation is pulling together to fight for public education! This event is supported by: A+ Schools; Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; Hear Me; One Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh UNITED; UFCW; Yinzercation; PAGE; Communities for Teaching Excellence; and the PSEA.

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