If any legislators were unaware of the growing Year of the Student movement before, that all changed on Wednesday when well over one-hundred students, parents, grandparents and concerned citizens came to the Capitol to hand-deliver the Year of the Student Call to Action and this benchmark for the legislature: Don’t Adjourn without a Long-Term Plan to Support Student Success. [View our photo gallery below].
Here’s how EdNews Colorado saw it:
[A]ll 100 lawmakers were targets of a “meet-and-greet” blitz by volunteers from the Year of the Student Coalition, a grass-roots effort that’s putting pressure on the legislature to deal this year with school funding shortfalls. . .
Green T-shirts flood the Capitol . . .
More than 100 volunteers clad in bright green T-shirts fanned out in the Capitol Wednesday morning to deliver information packets to all 100 lawmakers. . . .
“This is just the beginning, but it’s a very good beginning,” said Lisa Weil, Great Education policy director. The coalition plans to follow up with a mid-February briefing for lawmakers.
And Senator Andy Kerr tweeted it this way:
— Andy Kerr (@SenAndyKerr) January 30, 2013
Dozens of students experienced democracy first-hand, as they handed over the signature packets and explained why legislative action on school funding is urgent. KUSA’s Nelson Garcia followed a delegation of Greeley students in their quest to be heard:
The event was also covered extensively by Univision (awaiting a link).
But the lasting impact of the event will come from individual interactions with legislators, who walked away with thousands of signatures, a questionnaire, a lapel pin (look for them in the photo gallery), memories of a sea of green t-shirts and — most importantly — individual interactions with Coloradans who expect our legislature to do right by kids this year.
Following the January 30 Signature Delivery Day, the Year of the Student Project earned prime real estate in the Denver Post editorial page on Friday, February 1. In a Denver Post Guest Commentary, Liane Morrison of Great Education Colorado, Kevin Hougen of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Landri Taylor of the Urban League of Metro Denver, and Christine O’Connor of Generations United’s Seniors4Kid asked: “Will the future belong to Colorado’s kids?”
It’s not too late to make your voice heard by signing the Call to Action. We’ll continue to submit names to legislators and we’ll keep signers informed about simple and effective ways to keep advocating for a long-term plan to support student success.