2017 Focus Day
January 16, 2017 | Capitol Building | Olympia

Thank you to all advocates who attended, rallied, and met with their legislators!

Purpose of Focus Day
Focus Day is intended to serve as focal point for WSPTA's legislative advocacy. We know that the best advocacy programs are year-round. The intent of Focus Day is not to serve as an end unto itself; rather it is a day to bring WSPTA members to Olympia to sharpen the picture of how our advocacy efforts need to proceed. It's a day of training, education, meetings with legislators, and other activities that help members engage directly in the legislative process.

Education is a Civil Right rally on the capitol steps. WSPTA was a co-sponsor of this event and Barbara Martin, Washington State PTA Board President, was one of the speakers along with Washington Education Association (WEA), students, teachers, etc. Watch Barbara speak to 5,500 advocates during the rally here.

Weren't Able to Attend? Be sure to follow the excitement via #FocusDay17, #WSPTAproud, or view the photo gallery.

Postcard Campaign
Your voice can still be heard with a postcard! Fill out a postcard with your information and send along with a PTA member that will be attending Focus Day.

"Advocacy is not a one day event," Duncan Taylor, WSPTA Legislative Director.

Everyday Advocacy
1. Make an appointment with your legislators. Visit app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/ or call the Legislative Information Center (360) 786-7573 for information.

2. Know Washington State PTA'S legislative priorities.

3. Connect with other parents, teachers, and education advocates. Take time to network with other advocates at Focus Day. Find out what issues you have in common and what issues other families are experiencing.

4. Make sure to leave it in writing. Any information you provide, whether to legislators, other parents, teachers, or education advocates should be in writing. Verify that you have something written to leave behind, even if it is just a letter, postcard, or personal story.

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