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Celebrate American Education Week and Raise Your Hand for Student Success!

Celebrate American Education Week and Raise Your Hand for Student Success!

American Education Week—November 18-22, 2013—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Across the country, schools will celebrate excellence in education by hosting kickoff events and activities. The weeklong celebration features a special observance each day of the week.

Do you want smaller class sizes for students, professional development for educators, and the resources necessary to give all children access to a great public school? Then join our movement to create a high-quality education for all children.

Every year, more than one million students drop out of high school. As a result, fewer young Americans are likely to earn a diploma than their parents, a distinction not shared by any other industrialized country.

In order to create educational opportunity in today’s society, it requires more of all of us. It requires us all to raise our hands – and our voices – to ensure that every child has the access and opportunity to a quality education.

Join the movement. Here are four ways that you can help. Will you take one action this week to help our nation’s children succeed?

  1. Tell Congress to Fix our Nation’s Schools: Sign United Way's petition urging policymakers to pass a bipartisan bill that helps all children succeed!
  2. Write an Op-Ed on Early Grade Reading: Join us in calling attention to the importance of literacy. Submit an op-ed on the importance of early grade reading to your local publications.
  3. Pledge to become a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor: Get involved by helping kids read, tutoring or mentoring. Take the pledge.
  4. Raise awareness on social media: Share a message with your friends and colleagues about this issue and let them know why it’s important to you.
  • Tweet: It’s American Education Week! Time to celebrate #education & honor those making a difference #stand4edu #liveunited

Thanks for doing your part this week and every week. Change doesn’t happen without you.