Host a Back-to-School Event
Because most high schools turn over their student lists to military recruiters in October, it's imperative that we get as many kids as possible "opted out" during the month of September. Parents, teachers, grandparents and concerned citizens are planning Leave My Child Alone back-to-school events from September 7-30. It's easy to host an event at your home or local coffee shop -- we provide you all the forms and information you need, plus a free DVD on opting out featuring Cindy Sheehan if you register with us online before Aug. 31. Click here to register an event now and help local parents opt out!
Event ideas include:
--Hosting a house party to talk with friends and neighbors about protecting kids from the Pentagon, watch the new Leave My Child Alone DVD (featuring Cindy Sheehan), and write letters to your local superintendent and school board to adopt Optimum Opt Out policies.
--Passing out opt-out forms at a local high school's parents' night.
Organizing a school board meeting outing to sure your local district is educating parents about their ability to opt out.
--Tabling outside the first day of school to give opt-out forms to students to bring home to parents.
If you're interested in any of these options (or have your own creative ideas) you can find materials and a way to let other local Leave My Child Alone supporters know at www.leavemychildalone.org/eventcenter .
School Board Success Story!
Local parents in the Houston, Texas, area got together for a Leave My Child Alone house party on June 1 (one of over 140 such gatherings!). They decided there was a lot of work to be done, so they created a game plan and were successful in convincing five area school districts to send opt out forms and notices to parents for the first time ever. Tens of thousands of children will be affected by their work this fall.
Want to create change in your local district's policy? Or do you have a success story to share? Email our school district policy expert Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Don't Miss Fall Opt-Out Deadlines!
While most school districts hand over information to recruiters in October, some opt-out deadlines are as early as September! You need to opt out your kids (or tell your friends to opt out) now. Even if your children are in a private school that is exempt from No Child Left Behind disclosure requirements, their names are probably still in the Pentagon's database of 16-25 year olds. You can use our one-stop opt-out site to generate letters to both your local district and the Pentagon. Just click on the link below to start the opt out process: www.leavemychildalone.org/optout 
Pass it on!
Are all the parents and students on your email list aware of their ability to opt out? Do you know grandparents, teachers or others who could help spread the word? Please forward this email to your friends and family to make sure all our children can be opted out in time this fall. Think they need more information? They can find out more about Leave My Child Alone at: www.leavemychildalone.org 
Thanks for all the work you do for students in your community. We'll look forward to seeing your event posted on our site at www.leavemychildalone.org/eventcenter .
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