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APRIL 16th

We're leading Walk-Ins!


IT'S TIME FOR POLITICIANS TO STOP MAKING SO MANY
DECISIONS THAT HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OUR
SCHOOLS AND TO PRIORITIZE

#ClassroomsNotCorporations

STAND UP FOR SCHOOLS OUR STUDENTS DESERVE

Meet at the Flag Contact Your


Wear #RedForEd!
Pole Legislator
Show up in numbers to show
that our community is invested
30 minutes before the bell rings! Contact your legislators: Call 720-
in our school by walking into our
408-6669, follow the prompts to
building together!
We'll join together with our be connected to your legislator
colleagues, families, and and demand that they fund our
Post pictures & videos on social
community supporters a half hour schools and fix SB18-200
media using
before the first bell
#ClassroomsNotCorporations
#ColoradoStudentsDeserve
#ProtectPERA
WALK IN!
FOR THE SCHOOLS COLORADO STUDENTS DESERVE
TOOLKIT TO ORGANIZE A SUCCESSFUL WALK IN

Walk-In Checklist

Walking into schools is a symbolic gesture of support for public education and an opportunity for the community and
local media to hear about our love for our schools and the challenges we face.

• Develop a turnout plan to involve educators and the school community


• Wear red
• Take pictures and video to post to social media using the hashtags below
• Work with your colleagues and communities to bring coffee and donuts or bagels
• Bring markers and posters
• Begin 30 minutes before the bell
• Invite parents and administrators to participate
• Keep the message student centered and positive
• Walk into the building together
• End on time to ensure that the school day is not impacted
• Ask people to make a call to legislators and sign petitions for Initiative 93
• Have a large poster or handouts with the hotline number: 720-408-6669
• Have Initiative 93 petitions available for people to sign (download
at: http://www.greatschoolsthrivingcommunities.org/download)

Sample Agenda for Walk-In Leader:

1. Meet at _____________ AM

2. Encourage everyone to sign in and fill out a poster

3. Assign someone to take pictures and be the social media guru for the action - any
good pics or videos should be posted to social media with #ProtectPERA #RedForED
#ColoradoStudentsDeserve and #ClassroomsNotCorporations

4. March around the sidewalk/drop off zone for 15 min chanting

5. Educator leads the crowd into the school common area (NOT the Principal’s office)

6. Educator delivers speech (See sample Walk-In Speech)


Sample Walk-In Speech (make this your own!)

Main Talking Points:


• Educators are joining with community to celebrate our schools and advocate for the schools our students
deserve.
• We are committing to work alongside the community to ensure that all of our students have a high quality
public school in this neighborhood.
• Today we are celebrating what makes our schools great, but also raising awareness about actions at the state
legislature that could negatively impact our students, educators, and communities.

Speech – Think through these questions and speak from the heart. You’re the expert in your school!:

• Thank everyone for coming together this morning. We’re not alone! It’s district-wide.
• Parents, educators, administrators, students, and community members are joining to celebrate our schools and
to advocate for the schools all our students deserve!
• Why walk –ins? (It’s a symbolic gesture of support for public education & opportunity for concerned
citizens/media to see conditions/challenges our schools face.)
• How are you committed to your students/community? How do you make sure every student gets a high quality
neighborhood school?

• How do legislators impact the classroom? What can they do to support our schools/students? (Pass policies,
etc.)?

• What is the educator shortage? How does it impact students?

• How does funding help or hurt your school? Your students? How has the lack of funding hurt?

• What is SB18-200? (PERA – cuts to retirement benefits that benefit wealthy hedge funds) What is the educator
shortage? How does it impact your students? How will reducing retirement benefits affect the shortage?

• Why should legislators prioritize classrooms over corporations? Why is a healthy pension more important than
hedge fund managers and wealth advisors?

• How is being here today a good kick-off for the fight for our schools? “Today, across the district, we are
committing to our schools! Can our kids count on name of our school to stand up for them? (Wait for rah-rahs
from crowd)

• That’s right! Take out phones and call (720) 408-6669 and tell legislators to protect retirement and increase
school funding! Also, please take a minute to sign the petition for Initiative 93 to increase school funding.
Thanks, we’re committed/have a great day at school!