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Families Encouraged to Sign Petition and Rally in Olympia on Advocacy Days

The legislative session is in full swing, and families are encouraged to participate in two advocacy events coming up in Olympia in February. Show your support for children's issues and education funding, and send a message to legislators that we need to save critical state programs from budget cuts.

On Monday, Feb. 21, the Washington State PTA will host "Focus Day," in which PTA volunteer advocates will rally on the Capitol steps, march around campus and meet with legislators and staff about key issues. Kids have the day off from school, and the Washington State PTA has several fun activities planned: Capitol tours, scavenger hunts, sign-making and more. The day kicks off at 8 a.m.; the march and rally are at 11:20 a.m. Learn more, and register, at

The Children's Alliance's annual advocacy day, "Have a Heart for Kids Day," is coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The day includes morning trainings and workshops, a rally on the Capitol steps and opportunities to talk to your legislators. Find out more and register on the Children's Alliance web site. If you are unable to make advocacy day, sign the "I Stand Strong for Kids" petition. The messages, and photos, from this petition will be delivered to legislative leaders and Gov. Gregoire.

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