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The annual Charter Day at the Capitol event brings hundreds of charter school supporters together to stand up for the diversity, innovation, passion and success that Michigan's charter schools offer students across the state. Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we went 100% virtual with our event, inviting key charter educators, lawmakers and advocates as our virtual speakers.
This year, many health and safety concerns still remain - and rather than simply doing another virtual event, we are adapting our "day" celebration to an entire WEEK in which charter advocates can share their stories and engage their elected officials in a safe way. Scroll down to check out the fun we have planned for each day of National Charter Schools Week 2021, which takes place from May 10 - 14, 2021.
The first day of our week-long celebration will include an emphasis on organizing in-district activities with local legislators, whether those are in-person school visits or virtual school visits. While MAPSA will be focusing on a handful of key legislative districts, we HIGHLY encourage charters statewide to coordinate these school visits to help build relationships with your local elected officials.
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On Tuesday, our goal is to deliver over 250 hand-written letters to MI legislators, on behalf of the MI charter school community. Our schools have been provided with this Letter to MI Lawmakers template, which any staff member or student can print and hand-write a special message to their local lawmaker. We're asking anyone who'd like their hand-written note to be delivered on May 11 to please mail their letter to MAPSA's Lansing office, 217 S. Grand Ave., Suite 200, Lansing, MI, 48933 no later than XXXXXX.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant health and safety risks, we are *tentatively organizing a limited attendance in-person Capitol Day, where small groups will have the opportunity to meet in Lansing with their elected officials. While this event will be limited to just 100 in-person attendees, we will be documenting the day's events via our Instagram and Facebook stories, showcasing how and why it is so important to share your MI charter story with lawmakers.
*While it's our hope to put on this limited-attendance event, we will continue to monitor and follow the health and safety guidelines put forth by state health and government officials.
Though we can't all gather on the Michigan Capitol steps this year, it doesn't mean we can't show the world how proud we are to be part of the MI charter school family! On Thursday, our goal is to flood social media with charter pride, showing off your school swag and 1-2 sentences on why you LOVE your school. Be sure to use #ChartersLead and TAG YOUR LOCAL LAWMAKERS!
Last year, over 325 charter advocates tuned in during our virtual live-streamed program to celebrate our 2020 Charter Day. This year, we know it is still not yet safe to convene together on the Capitol steps, and we will again deliver a virtual program to finish off the week-long events. Not only will key charter educators and advocates share some short remarks, but the virtual celebration will also feature the announcement of the 2021 MI Charter School Teacher and Administrator of the Year.