Lots of grassroots action on school funding issues happening locally. One I particularly like is from my son’s Language Arts and Life Skills teacher, Jon Hawkins. Jon has set up two letter writing workshops to help “anyone who is involved in the lives of our children and concerned about the future of their education…[to] speak out” more effectively. The workshops will be held at JC Wright Middle School Thursday April 26th (6:00 to 7:30 PM) and Saturday April 28th (12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM). More details here, including an offer to try to secure childcare and translation services.
My understanding is that students are encouraged to attend and write letters. Those of us who were at the Sondy Pope Roberts press conference know how effective the voices of students can be.
I don’t know if this is officially part of the “social action” component of the Wright charter, but I do think it is appropiate that a Language Arts and Life Skills teacher help others use language to participate in the legislative process. This is civic education of the best sort.
Thomas J. Mertz
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Jon Hawkins is a brilliant teacher and gifted storyteller. He had my daughter mesmerized by his examples that bring social studies and history to life. He also knows how to pull historical examples of social justice out of today’s current events.
Anyone who is free for one of his letter-writing sessions will learn plenty. This sounds like a really worthwhile event.