Children are the state’s rising stars: from babies to finger-painting four year olds to third graders learning to multiply. And children from across the commonwealth have been sending multicolored stars decorated with glitter, feathers, pompoms, stickers, and paper cutouts to the State House to keep early education in the minds and hearts of legislators. Like the children, each star is original and unique.
So far this year, thousands of stars have been sent to Governor Patrick and to members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate. Freshmen legislators receive framed stars and a letter explaining how high quality early education and care can have a positive impact throughout children’s lives.
Children in grades K to three can also send letters marked with stars that include their handwritten messages about what they want to be when they grew up and why. One little boy wrote that he wants to grow up to be a businessman who sells “paper related products” because he admires the characters in the television show “The Office.”
Adults can participate, too. Future early educators and general supporters can customize letters urging legislators to support early education and care. More than 3,000 have been submitted thus far.
Legislators, excited to be receiving glitter-filled mail, have responded positively to Emily Levine, our executive star tracker. And sending stars is a great way for children to participate in the governmental process. So if you and your preschoolers or young school-aged children would like to help, you’ll find all materials and information about Rising Stars here.
Please keep the stars and letters coming.