As a faith community, we have been called to come under and around the needs of our underserved local families in our school community. This coming Wednesday, our teachers and educators will be raising their voices for those very kiddos. Join us as we walk among them.
Know before you go.
Here are a couple of resources to bring you up to speed on the current crisis in Oregon.
There are two options for showing up in person that day:
1) Take it to the MAX - 7am-9am - end of the Orange Line station at Park and 99E. Meet up with Storyline leaders and bring thank-you cards for the educators standing up for their students. Wear RED and bring a sign in support of teachers and educators. North Clackamas District teachers will be actively attempting to educate commuters that morning on the current crisis in Oregon.
2) Downtown Rally and March - 11am-2pm - Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Meet up with Storyline leaders downtown at the rally. Wear RED. Bring a sign in support of educators and public education. Kids are definitely welcome. Make sure you have Megan J (number here) or Sara's (503-367-7439) cell numbers to meet up with us in the crowd.
OR... if you can't make it in person. Please write your legislator. (Even if you can make it, write them! Postcards are also a great opportunity for kids to participate in sharing their public voice.
Here's an example for an email or postcard from an adult:
Dear (Rep or Senator) ________,
As a person of faith and a resident of the state of Oregon, I am writing to encourage you to fully fund public education in our state. I'm proud to be an Oregonian, but I'm currently not proud of the state of our classrooms. Our students deserve teachers who are compensated justly and given the opportunity to invest in retirement funding that works. Our students deserve classroom sizes, supplies and supports that lead to better learning outcomes. Cutting funding or accepting the current crisis as status quo is robbing the future of our state rather than tackling the complex problem we are faced with head on.
I believe in investing our money in future generations. Please support Oregon schools, teachers and students.
Postcards from kids can be simple. Have them think about what they love about school and why their teacher is important to them. Writing and drawing are absolutely acceptable and powerful ways of sharing our hopes for Oregon with our legislators. Make sure to sign your child's name and age clearly.