Education Matters Postcard Campaign

$1,070 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 4 months
Created April 10, 2019
We are a small group of parents working on a postcard campaign opposing the current government's planned cuts to funding for education.

We came together as part of the West End Parents for Public Education working group, but have expanded this campaign across Ontario. Education affects all of us, and we believe every person should have the opportunity to tell the current government why we support fully-funded public education with low class caps, excellent needs support and well maintained buildings. We want an inclusive curriculum and respect for the diversity of our students and educators, And we want equitable enrichment opportunities across the system and we want to reduce the burden of school-based fundraising.

We strongly oppose education cuts and we want to make sure the government understands that.

Our small group self-funded an initial print run of 3000 postcards. We ran out within a week.

A community partner donated a second run of 3000 postcards. Three days later, we are almost out of those!

We are providing postage to those for whom postage would be a barrier.

We have also paid out of pocket to send packs of cards to parents and community groups across the province, and we want to continue to do so.

We want to keep going but we need help! 

Here's our wishlist:

- a print run of 5000 more cards in English
- a new print run of at least 1000 cards in French (we have enlisted a volunteer translator)
- funds for postage to send packs of cards to any interested Ontario group
- stamp money, so we can ensure everyone can be heard.

We have been so heartened by how many parents and community members want to get on board. We have seen cards filled out by grandparents and cards with the handprints of 8 month old babies. Kids are writing to say they love their teachers. Parents are writing to express worries about e-learning and arts education. Community members are writing to show their support as well.

If you want some cards, please shoot us a message at ONEducationMatters@gmail.com!

And if you can donate, we are so, so appreciative. Because education truly matters.
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Hi all!

We are cooking up an amazing second campaign to proclaim our solidarity with and appreciation of teachers as they go to bargaining this summer. The "Our Teachers Matter" campaign will mirror the "Our Education Matters" campaign, and will focus on the importance of access to teachers for needs support, for mentorship and guidance, and the overall message that when our teachers fight for their profession, they fight for our kids.

Our first campaign continues to see success - we have distributed 2/3 of our third print run (funded through you - thank you!), to more than 15 cities across the province. We continue to receive requests for more cards and we fill them right away.

We did one more thing with your money that we are really grateful to be able to do: We paid a small honorarium to our designer, who had volunteered her time and expertise. We believe in paying artists where possible and we think you agree.

Thanks so much for all your support!

And if you want to know more about our second campaign or to get your hands on some of those cards when they come in, email us at "ONeducationmatters@gmail.com."
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I want to share a morning update!

This is how many packages of postcards are going to the post office (one is a neighbourhood drop off) this morning. Your generous donations are sending cards to 12 different cities across the province, and that's just what's being sent today.

Absolute gratitude for you from our whole committee!

In solidarity with the kids, teachers and citizens of Ontario!
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Hi everyone and thank you so, so much for your support. We reached our fundraising goal and we are so thrilled to be able to help many people oppose these horrifying education cuts.

I'll continue these updates as we spend your money (again, thank you so so so much) but for now, know that you have funded our largest print run (and our first French print run!) and have helped us be able to supply many individuals and organizations with cards right across the province.

Because we have so many cards now, we are doubling our outreach efforts, asking politicians and parent groups across the province to share the initiative.

We are also cooking up a second initiative, which we can't wait to share when we figure out the details.

So much love, gratitude and solidarity to all of you.
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$1,070 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 4 months
Created April 10, 2019
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