Many parents and teachers have been asking "What can I do to help?" Below is a list of items that you can do. Perhaps you can commit to doing one thing per day. Maybe your time is more limited and you can only commit to doing one thing per week. Whatever time you can commit makes a difference. Thank you!
1.) On this website you will find a section called "Action Items" in the menu at the top. That is a good place to start. Look through it each week to see what is new.
2.) Send emails on a regular basis to the school board members of the school district in which you live. Once every other week is a reasonable amount. This could be a series of different emails covering differing topics or it could be follow up emails on one particular topic. One example is to ask the school board to draft and adopt a resolution that specifically denounces bullying on the basis of vaccination status and mask wearing. You can find more details about this specific action item on this website at this LINK.
3.) Attend school board meetings and sign up to speak. Most school boards allow members of the community to publicly speak. There may be one topic that you are particularly concerned about that you may speak about at each meeting. Or perhaps there are different topics you want to address at each meeting.
4.) Get a business card printed and start talking to people. You can get an inexpensive business card printed at a website like VistaPrint.com or others. Feel free to put this website on the business card as a resource for people. Then when you are a your child's band concert or sporting event you will have a resource to hand someone when conversation turns to "choice, not mandates."
5.) Share "Action Items" from this website on your personal social media pages. Ask people to complete the action items.
6.) Make a personal phone call each week to another parent or teacher that you have been meaning to reach out to regarding "choice, not mandates". Tell them about actions you are taking. Share information with them. Refer them to this website if you wish. Personal phone calls can make a huge difference in inspiring others to take action.
7.) Join Facebook and other social media groups that represent "choice, not mandates". This website has a Facegroup group that you can find HERE. There is also a list of other Facebook and other social media groups that you can find HERE.
8.) Attend rallies as they are scheduled. Many groups are holding rallies across the state. They are a great way to get media coverage, inspire each other, and send a message to government that we demand "choice, not mandates." You can find rallies in many social media groups. Share the dates and times with your friends.
9.) Contact your legislators regularly. This can be done through email or phone. Tell them your concerns. Do this every week. Get your friends to do the same. It makes a difference, especially if done regularly and consistently. Set up a schedule for yourself so you don't forget. Put it right on your calendar each week. Ask for a meeting with them. Many have office hours when they will see you in person. Share personal stories. Get your friends to do the same. Research legislative bills at a website like Daily Clout. Then talk to your legislators about these bills.
10.) Keep a contact list of parents and teachers that you know so you can share information with them regularly. People want to help, but often they do not know what to do. Help them.