The dates are set for the Big Hairy Audacious Education Caravan events in Kansas and Nebraska. Kansas events are intended to heighten awareness for public education in Kansas as the primary season is at hand. Elections in Nebraska in the fall, drove the schedule for those to take place in September and October. The key to this initiative is church involvement with the community leaders and its schools.
In support of the Education Initiative Resolution passed at the Great Plains Annual Conference Session, each caravan event will start at 6:30 with time for gathering, looking at displays and interacting. The presentation at 7 p.m. will include a local education expert, Bishop Scott Jones and members of congregations in the area who have successful partnerships. Other activities will follow with pie and ice cream.
Area congregations are asked to bring a contingent from their congregation and register their group attendance for planning purposes on the online registration form. Our goal is to have every congregation bring 6-10 people or more to a caravan event.
For congregations who may not be able to participate in one of the scheduled locations, the Education Caravan events in Topeka and Lincoln will be webcast so that others may also have small group meetings and participate in the initiative.
To help you promote this rally, we have produced a short, low-budget video to use on Sunday. Download the video at www.vimeo.com/GreatPlainsUMC/kansaseducation.
If you can’t make an actual rally, please know that you can participate on July 31, at 7 p.m., via webcast. The webcast will be available at GreatPlainsUMC.org/livestream. We will have a test stream available from 2:30-3 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, to check equipment. If you plan to a have a viewing group at your church, you will want to be sure your local internet connection can handle the bandwidth.
If you have questions regarding the webcast, contact Kathryn Witte at email@example.com or 402-499-1009.
Bulletin inserts and other resources are available at GreatPlainsUMC.org/education.
The rallies each have a Facebook event page to make it easy to invite Facebook friends and share the information.