Agent Austrum’s groups were inspired to chose new problems: 1) stray animals/ animals in pounds 2) gun control 3) electoral college. Agents have been researching and making Google docs in order to continue communicating without having to physically meet.
Agent Deatley’a groups were also inspired to chose new problems: 1) Hunger/mental illness within the homeless population 2) stray animals and animal testing. The agents have been involved in lots of research, Google doc making, and plans for bake sales and raising awareness.
Welcome to the Courage in Action Agency, newest graduates from Shadow Glen!
In Agent Kimbrell’s class, a team focused on racism is excited to create posters and make announcements with a positive message. The team focused on bullying promised to befriend one new person a day. They also plan to poster their school with messages of respect and friendship and to spread the hashtag #bullybusters, which is also the proposed name of their after school anti-bullying club.
In Agent Garcia’s class, another team dedicated to the issue of bullying plans to ask the principal if they can use one of their daily morning assemblies to discuss how bullying has affected their lives and talk to the counselor about recruiting students to join their chapter of No Place for Hate. The team focused on hunger, aka: The Helpful Hunger Hawks, wants to do more research to find out how to volunteer for Caritas and prepare food for hungry people.
We’re looking forward to hearing more about your missions!
Here’s what the courageous leaders of Rodriguez Elementary have been working on since their Courage in Actin training ended:
A team concerned about the messages in Donald Trump’s speeches started making posters encouraging equal treatment for all people.
The team focused on the treatment of immigrants in detention centers worked on writing letters to Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking for better treatment of everyone in the facilities, and to let people free to stay in this country.
The Natural Disasters team and Hunger/ Homelessness team realized that they had similar goals for the action they had decided on. They were both working toward food and clothing drives to help people affected by all of these things, so they decided to work together toward a food drive.
We’re so excited about all the brand new missions initiated at Linder Elementary!
In Agent Carrizalez’ class, the “Peace to the World” team plans on creating a group letter to end gun violence that they hope to mail to lawmakers. There’s also a group of new agents hoping to march to end hunger and poverty.
In Agent Aguilar’s class, one team wants to write letters, start a petition, and march to end the deportation of loved ones. Another team wants to create a fundraiser to help cure diseases like cancer and asthma.
In Agent Muneer’s class, there’s a team of new agents eager to help stop animal abuse by creating a club that will pass out flyers and maybe even create a website. There’s also a team hoping to boycott gasoline and use other forms of transportation as a form of protest against high gas prices.
In Agent Thomas’ class, the agents have decided to help stop pollution by making signs and announcements to spread their message; another group is excited to help end world hunger through a food drive.
In Agent Shirey’s class, one group of agents wants to help stop animal abuse by starting a boycott of companies who do product testing on animals; they plan to research what companies do this first, and then make posters and signs to spread the word of the boycott. Another group wants to speak out against the racism and intolerance they’ve identified in Donald Trump’s public statements. They’ll begin by pledging to make their own school welcome to everyone as part of the No Place for Hate wall and presentation, and will make posters and signs as well.
In Agent Olivares’ class, the agents want to do a fundraiser to help end poverty. They plan to research organizations who help with this cause, and are hoping to find adult sponsors and corporate sponsors to help them. Another group also wants to speak out against the racism and intolerance they’ve identified in Donald Trump’s campaign, and they started working on posters and signs.
There are so many ambitious missions underway at Rodriguez Elementary!
Agent O’Keefe’s class is taking action to support immigrant communities in a number of ways. One group wants to end immigrant detention, and they plan to write letters to women on hunger strike in a detention center nearby, and also to Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking them to stop detaining immigrants. Another group of new agents in Agent O’Keefe’s class is making plans to fight against racism against immigrants among politicians.
In Agent Severino’s class, one group of agents is going to join forces with the leadership of Rodriguez Elementary, since they’re already collecting donations of food, hygiene items, clothes, and more for those who were affected by the recent floods. The students will help try to boost those donations. Another group focused on fighting hunger learned from their teacher that the school also has a food pantry where families can come weekly if they need assistance. Since the agents weren’t aware of it, they thought other students might not be either. So, they’re making posters and a statement during morning announcements to let people know it’s available. The idea of a food drive was new to them, and they talked about running a food drive for the school’s food pantry.
Austin Pets Alive Book Buddies Program: (1st grade and up) Read to kitties! Create a social environment in the Feline Leukemia Cat Sanctuary; program is designed to promote youth awareness of the shelter environment and the No-Kill movement through reading. Children able to read at any level may come with an adult to read to cats! http://www.austinpetsalive.org/get-involved/volunteer/