Most school districts in North Carolina are likely to remain open on May 16, even though many teachers will choose to spend the day at the Legislature to advocate on behalf of themselves and the students whom they serve.
In districts where the schools remain open, consider supporting teachers by:
- FUNDING the costs of substitute teachers. Otherwise teachers will be required to pay for their own substitute teachers.
- ASKING principals how volunteers can support the schools with reduced staff. Most volunteers are required to have a background check with the schools, so mobilizing those in the community who are already qualified is important.
- You might also ask the PTA’s in your schools district how your church might cooperate with them to support teachers and schools on May 16.
- DESIGNATING May 16 a Mission Day that begins with a breakfast or a prayer for the schools, and then sends those volunteers who are already authorized to be in the school to a day of intentional presence.
- Remember, ask the principals in your schools what is needed. Rely on them for the best information.
- INVITING other faith communities to partner with you in this effort.
- DRIVING teachers to Raleigh in church busses so that they neither incur the expenses of driving and parking nor have to worry about the logistics of parking. Coordinate with your local NCAE representative.
- REMEMBERING to make a special effort to speak affirmation of teachers who choose to spend the day in Raleigh as well as those who choose to stay in the classroom. Use Facebook, church bulletins, and op-eds to affirm this day of advocacy and the life of service which our teachers choose.
PRAYING! Spend time praying for this individually and in community. Pray for this event and for all who are considering participating. Pray for the teachers and students who gather in classrooms every day. Pray for leaders who will be making decisions. Prayer for efforts to support the advocacy of teachers in your own community. Pray for guidance and inspiration of the Spirit!