A larger march is planned between 4 and 6 p.m. today, according to a report published in the Daytona Beach News Journal by staff writer Audrey Parente.
“The point is to let legislators know there is unhappiness at the local level with the idea of cutting educational funding,” said Julia Truilo of Ormond Beach.
The local mom was among a small group of bridge marchers this morning, but said the crowd after school is expected to be larger.
“It’s a parent-generated protest,” Truilo said. “My purpose is to let folks know education funding is important.
“There’s one rule when organizing a protest,” said Joe LaMountain of Sparklight Communications, “you’ve got to deliver a crowd. If you don’t, you wind up looking weak to the politicians you’re trying to influence.”
The parents organized in a online blog at PreserveEducation.blogspot.com listing email contacts for key legislators and the Volusia County School Board. The blog site also includes suggested slogans forbridge-walkers to include on homemade signs.
“Parents are doing right by involved,” LaMountain continued. “But a successful protest needs more than just a blog. You need dozens of personal meetings, hundreds of phone calls and thousands of flyers for it to work.” Continue reading
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