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Sample thank-you letters

After your legislator has visited your school, express your thanks in a personal letter and in a public letter to the editor. Here are some sample letters you can customize.

Letter to legislator

You need to write a letter even if the visit did not go well. This sample is a starting point. You should personalize it by referring to specifics of the legislator’s visit and any conversations you had. End by repeating your appreciation and a hope that you can work together in the future.

Dear Rep./Sen. (last name),

On behalf of the members of (local union name), I want to thank you for visiting (your school/district) on (date). Our members work hard on behalf of our students, and they were very appreciative that you took time from your busy schedule to spend an entire day with them in our schools.

I hope that this first-hand look at (your school district) has given you a better understanding of the issues facing our students and educators. (Mention a couple of the issues, using your key messages.)

If you still have questions left over from your visit, I would be happy to answer them or to connect you with someone who can. Please keep us in mind as resources during the session. I know we share the same goal, which is providing the best possible education for our students. Working together, we can achieve that outcome.

Sincerely,
(Your name)

Letter to the editor

Again, you should write the letter even if the legislator was unsupportive. If that was the case, you might want to leave out the second to last sentence in the sample letters.

[From the local president]

To the editor:

The members of (local union name) would like to publicly thank Rep./Sen. (full name) for taking the time from his/her busy schedule to visit (your school or district) on (date).

Rep./Sen. (last name) spent the entire day visiting classrooms and talking with students, faculty and staff about the educational successes, needs and challenges in this part of his/her district. He/she (mention some activities) and ate lunch with the students.

Because K-12 education accounts for such a large share of the state budget, we believe it is important for lawmakers to get a first-hand look at the conditions in local schools before they make decisions that affect students across Minnesota.

Rep./Sen. (last name) understands the importance of an informed vote. We encourage other community leaders to come and see for themselves what’s going on in our schools.

OR

[From members]

To the editor:

The staff of (your school) would like to publicly thank Rep./Sen. (full name) for spending the day with us and our students on (date). Rep./Sen. (last name) took time from his/her busy schedule to visit classrooms and talk with students and faculty about the educational successes, needs and challenges at our school. He/she (mention some activities) and ate lunch with the students.

Because K-12 education accounts for such a large share of the state budget, we believe it is important for lawmakers to get a first-hand look at the conditions in local schools before they make decisions that affect students across Minnesota.

Rep./Sen. (last name) understands the importance of an informed vote. We encourage other community leaders to come and see for themselves what’s going on in our schools.

 

 

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