|Giving some context of how hard it is for a bill to become a law|
before showing the SchoolHouse Rock video, "I'm Just a Bill"
|No joke...these kid-letters are gonna be EPIC!|
|The kids gave me their own bullet pints to use for the "Problem" portion of the EPIC format.|
|Carrying water through neighborhood streets|
I feel compelled to point out that the girls are not sad
and miserable. They're just looking down at the letters.
Last, but certainly not least, came the step of delivering our letters to the local congressional office of U.S. Representative Jan Schakowksy. It was a simple drop-off appointment, but it does make a big impression to hand over 22 letters from school children. I would be very surprised if we don't hear from her office very soon!
- Walk to the library with empty jugs
- Explain the role of an advocate or activist
- Talk about what it's like to meet with members of Congress
- Explain what a bill is and the difficult process for it to become a law
- Show SchoolHouse Rock "I'm Just a Bill" video
- Tell them about the World Water Act and explain where their letters fit in the process
- Explain where we are in the process and that they will be writing letters
- Teach the EPIC format of letter writing
- Have them tell me their own talking points they've learned and write them on the board that they can use in their letters.
- Pass out an example handwritten by a child
- Have kids write their own short letters
- Fill bottles of water
- Take pictures to send to parents and Congresswoman
- Walk back to school