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The Hearts and Souls Project

By James Rowan posted 09-21-2021 08:42 AM


It is our pleasure to announce The Hearts and Souls Project—a collaboration of our three associations for the 2021-22 school year aimed at connecting our member schools and their legislators.

The first step in advocacy is establishing a relationship with your state legislators. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a connection between your legislators and your school district by inviting your State Senator and House of Representatives member(s) into your schools. Many of our members have hosted their legislators in the past, but during the 2021-22 school year, we are asking our members to invite their legislators to their schools through The Hearts and Souls Project.

It's easy to make a judgment on a school district simply by looking at the district’s state report card. But it’s important to show our legislators that:
“Behind the test scores are the hearts and souls of children.”

By bringing your legislators into your schools, you are showing them the hearts and souls of the children you have the pleasure of serving every day.

Our goal is that 100% of our member districts will host their House and Senate members in their school district during the 2021-2022 school year.

To support you, we have developed a Hearts and Souls tool kit which can be found on any our organizations’ websites:

In the tool kit, you’ll find a variety of resources to help you plan the visit—including contact information, sample letters, and ideas and tips for hosting. Even if you prefer to wait until next spring to host your legislators, it’s not too early to reach out to them now and get on their schedules.

Join with us and with your fellow school districts in the 2021-22 school year as we share the great things happening in our public schools through The Hearts and Souls Project.

If you have any questions, contact:

Katie Johnson, Esq., Deputy Executive Director

614.431.9116 ext. 110

Dr. Kevin Miller, Director of Governmental Relations


Will Schwartz, Deputy Director of Legislation

614.540.4000 ext. 231

Important Resources

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