CHANGE STARTS WITH A PASSION

HELPING STUDENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler

how to write a letter to the editor

IMEWhen I was just beginning my campaign, I wrote many letters to the editor to raise awareness. This method is a great way to engage your neighbors and local community. Besides, you never know who may read your message and want to get involved!

Here’s how to do it:

Letter Picture1. Begin your letter by personally addressing the editor (ex: Dear Editor blank)

2. Write a letter that is concise (under 300 words). You can see if your local newspaper has any length limit. Because editors may have to edit or pair down your letter, make sure you get your main points across quickly.

3. Explain why your issue matters, how it affects your community (the paper’s audience) and how people can get involved.

4.  End your letter with your first and last name, your title (ex: Founder of blank) and your age.

5. Be sure to proof read your article for any spelling or grammatical errors. Email your finished letter to your local newspaper. Include your contact information in your email to the editor, in case a reporter has any extra questions.

 

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To get an editor’s attention, make connections between your issue and a recent event in your local community. Use personal stories and startling statistics.