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HEA Members --

As you head off to enjoy Memorial Day weekend, please be sure that you add I-1351 signature gathering to your plans. I am personally asking each HEA member to collect AT LEAST FIVE signatures to help get the class size initiative on the ballot. Our goal is to have every member collect 10 signatures -- and we hope that some of you will collect dozens! I have gathered 90 signatures so far, and will be working to get more this weekend. The way we will be successful in lowering class sizes is for everyone to chip in and do their part -- please get at least five, and more if you can.

If you already have signatures gathered, please turn your petition in to your HEA Building Rep/I-1351 Lead tomorrow (Friday) -- they can get you another one (or several) to use this weekend.

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to gather signatures from friends and family. Are you having a family BBQ or other get-together? Taking time to visit with friends? Bring your petition with you!

There are also several events happening around the Seattle area where you can gather even more signatures. Volunteers from Class Size Counts are organizing a signature drive at the Folklife Festival this weekend. If you want to join in, click here to sign up!  If you aren't planning to attend Folklife, you can gather signatures on your own at other events. Tips for signature gathering can be found on the OurVoice website.

Here are some venue ideas for signature gathering:

  • Seattle Mariners

Friday, May 23, 7:10 p.m
Saturday, May 24, 7:10 p.m.
Sunday, May 25, 1:10 p.m.
Monday, May 26, 1:10 p.m.

  • Burien Farmers Market: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • West Seattle Farmers Market: Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Ballard Market: Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Only 26 more calendar days until Highline lets out for the summer. Let's work together to gather the 350,000 signatures necessary to put I-1351 on the ballot. Please get your 5+ this weekend and turn them in to your HEA Building Rep/I-1351 Lead next week! We have had so many challenges lately -- TFA, evaluation, sixth-grade transition -- this is just as important. Let's continue our great track record of working and advocating collectively for positive change.

Washington has the fourth largest class sizes in the nation. Our state can do better -- our students deserve it!

Thanks for your efforts,
Sue McCabe
HEA President

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