Students, make your voices heard
February 28, 2020
In light of recent information regarding the drastic changes that have been proposed for the schedules at Cape Coral, there has been a powerful response from students wanting to make their opinions known. The Seahawk’s Eye believes that this type of student expression is vital if we are to make our voices heard, and encourages all students to reach out to the decision makers of our community.
There are many ways students can involve themselves in this issue, with one of the easiest and most effective methods being contacting district officials directly through email or print mail. For those who wish to contact an official but are unsure of how to reach them, the Seahawk’s Eye has provided a list of administrators and the addresses at where they can be reached. Emails do not have to be long or complicated; a mere expression of a student’s views, including how the proposal may affect them, alongside a brief request for action is plenty.
E-mail is not the only way to contact policy makers though. Phone calls, especially from parents, and even hand written letters can go a long way in the call for change.
For students who want to do more, there is a school board meeting on March 10th at 6pm that is open to the public. There is aso a community forum at Cape Coral High School on March 2nd at 6:30pm. This forum will feature Superintendent Gregory Adkins and Board Member Mary Fischer.
Here is an example of a student email, including the most official and correct formatting to ensure that the message is received seriously. The emails can be as large or as condensed as one sees fit. The important part is making sure our words are heard.
Also below is a list of the Superintendent and School Board Members emails, however students can reach out to more than just the people on this list. Emails can be sent out to one’s own principal, teachers and even other members of the Lee County School District.
Sample Email Template:
Dear Mr./Mrs. (Insert recipient name).
My name is (Name), and I am a (Grade) student at (School). I have been informed about a potential change in the schedules of high-school students in Lee County, and I wanted to let you know how a seven-period day would personally affect my academic and extracurricular experience.
If the schools were to switch to a seven-period day, it would ______________________.
I believe that the school district should _______________, because __________________
Thank you for the opportunity to express views on the proposed change. I would hope that you take my statements into consideration when making your decision, and trust that whatever course of action you decide on will be for the good of all Lee County students.