Friday, May 05, 2017

Dandelion Dash at Capitol on May 10th

Dandelion Dash to Olympia on Wednesday, May 10th, is a grassroots event to raise awareness and rally in favor of amply funding public education for all children in Washington. 

Because members of the Washington State Legislature devoted a significant amount of time debating dandelions on the Capitol lawns in the last days of the 2017 legislative session, advocates of all ages will take advantage of the Seattle Public Schools early dismissal on May 10th to support Seattle Education Association and teachers from around the state, as they continue to Occupy Olympia, by making and displaying tissue paper dandelions and engaging in other advocacy and awareness activities that are supportive of the Washington State PTA legislative 
platform issue, "Amply Fund Basic Education" and similarly aligned platforms.


Wednesday is an Early Release Day for Seattle Public Schools students, so please plan to head to Olympia and invite and carpool with friends! The Facebook Event for sharing and invitations:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1884116541875846/

 
The rough/draft schedule is as follows:

 1:00-2:00 - Volunteers set up in specified outdoor areas
2:00-3:30 - Children, parents, teachers will craft dandelion flowers of tissue paper, write post cards to legislators, and participate in other group and individual craft and advocacy/awareness activities in outdoor spaces around the Capitol
3:30-4:00 - Rally on steps of legislative building with tissue paper dandelions
4:00-5:00 - Continued activities in outdoor spaces, delivery of postcards and tissue flowers to legislator offices / scheduled meetings with legislators
5:00-6:00 - Volunteers pack up all items and trash*

Location(s): To be posted once grounds crew in Olympia confirms suitable terrain (all this rain has made for muddy, sensitive lawns!)

*PLEASE NOTE: This is a pack in/pack out event, so all items provided by volunteers and participating organizations, including tables, tents, and supplies. The lawns must be left just as they were found.

Sponsored by:
AFT Washington, Seattle Council PTSA, Soup for Teachers, Washington's Paramount Duty, Public School Parent Volunteers

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