We Support School Choice

During National School Choice Week we call upon our elected officials to support expanded school choice in Pennsylvania, including expansion of educational scholarships to provide expanded opportunities to K-12 students.  Parents must have choices that allow their child to access educational opportunities that meet their needs.

 

A Proclamation Commemorating School Choice Week

WHEREAS all children in our area should have access to an effective education that prepares them for successful adulthood; and,

WHEREAS quality education is essential to the economic and social strength of our area; and,

WHEREAS our area is home to a multitude of excellent education options from which parents can choose for their children; and,

WHEREAS it is important that all parents explore and identify the best educational choices for each child: and,

WHEREAS, research demonstrates that providing children with multiple education options improve academic performance regardless of family income, location, or learning ability; and,

WHEREAS, programs such as Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit which provide scholarships to students fleeing failing or inadequate schools deny more than 50% of applicants for lack of funds due to arbitrary tax credit caps; and

WHEREAS, School Choice Week is celebrated across the country by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need for additional educational options;

NOW, THEREFORE, on this 18th day of January, 2019, We, SUN Area Council of Republican Women, do hereby recognize January 20-26, 2019 as SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK, and call this observance to the attention of all area residents. Further we call upon our elected State Representatives and State Senators to champion legislation that expand educational choice throughout the Commonwealth.

/s/ Irene C. Harris, President – SUN Area Council Republican WOmen

 

An American Holocaust: 46 years, 61 million deaths

Some of us march today.

All of us pray to end abortion.


Please join us.

Pro-woman.  Pro-Child.

 

Religious Freedom Day


The President’s official proclamation of Religious Freedom Day recognizes the basis for the First Amendment.  On January 16, 1786 Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom was passed by the Virginia General Assembly repudiating the status of The Church of England as the official religion of Virginia.

Jefferson was motivated by the infringement on religious freedom for any other than Anglicans (Episcopalians) in Virginia.  His ideas for religious freedom originated with his experiences with Baptist congregations who suffered persecution in the state.

Jefferson’s efforts led to freedom of religion for all Americans.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized each year on January 11th.   Activities occur around the state to build awareness of human trafficking.  Victims may be sexually exploited, endure forced labor, or be financially indebted.

Normally we would not recommend symbolism over substance, but the Dept. of Homeland Security’s #WearBlue campaign is designed to bring attention to the growing – and profitable – scourge of human trafficking.  Many of our neighbors and friends are unaware of how large a problem we face.

Let’s help raise some awareness.  Strike up a conversation with someone else about the types of trafficking.  Share on social media.  Use the hashtag.  Find out more here.

Anyone can participate, all you need is a piece of blue clothing!

January Book of the Month: Make Your Bed

“Start your day with a task completed.”

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World

Admiral William H. McCraven, US Navy Retired

 

Written by a career military man who took the lessons learned in his SEAL training to push past obstacles to success, Make Your Bed is a collection of stories punctuating core principles that upon becoming habits empowers us to face adversity and challenges, and thrive.

 

 

 

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