Thursday, March 19, 2009

Reach Out: Write Letters to State and National Representatives

Help us reach out by writing letters to those to represent us on the state and national levels.

Assemblyman Jeff Miller
Room 3147, State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

To email Assemblyman Miller, click here.

State Senator Mimi Walters
Room 3082 , State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 94248-0001

To email Sen. Walters, click here.

Congressman Gary Miller
2349 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington D.C 20515

To email Congressman Miller, click here, then scroll down.

Sample Letter (cut and paste, or adapt and personalize as desired):

Esteemed _______________________,

As you may know, the Orange Unified School Board of Trustees voted to close Silverado Elementary at their last meeting on March 12, 2009, despite protests from children and families along with numerous letters, emails and verbal testimonies asking the board for one year to create the charter school.

Please join OC Supervisor Bill Campbell, Cal State Fullerton's Tucker Sanctuary, the O.C. Dept. of Education's "Inside the Outdoors" as well as many others in support of our school, especially the plan to transform Silverado Elementary School into a charter school with an environmental science and technology focus. We know that the plan for a charter school will not only sustain our community but will provide a long term solution to the crisis the district faces today as well as ready our children to face the challenges of tomorrow.

We hope to persuade OUSD trustees to reconsider the mistake to close the school at the upcoming April meetings. They will decide if we will be on the list of cuts on May 15, 2009. We also hope that OUSD will be known throughout the state as the district which was able to put children above all and the one that was able ride out this tough year without having to close a single school.

We hope you clearly see the same potential for our school as we do and understand the vital role a local school plays in a community, especially one like ours. A year and a half ago, when our community was threatened by wildfire, we appreciated the support we received from elected officials like you. We now face a similar threat. The school that survived that fire may not survive this one. We need your leadership on this critical issue.

Please communicate your support to the trustees of the OUSD and Superintendent Dreier.


(your name here)

Do post your own letters in the comments section for others to read and make sure to get the word out to friends, neighbors and family.

There will be a meeting in Room 4 at Silverado Elementary School on Monday March 23, beginning just after 8 AM. Please join us if you can. We'll be making plans for that thursday's OUSD's board meeting - and beyond.

Thanks for all you do!


  1. Thanks for all this.

    This is a very heartening effort.

    Even if we do not prevail, we will emerge from this a stronger community.

    I encourage everyone to do what they can - it all makes a difference.

  2. Why isn't Gov. Arnold on this list as a potential supporter? He is in favor of supporting charter schools. Keep up the good work, and I am behind you all the way!

  3. Thanks - we'll add him right away.