Example Outreach Letter from Community Member to School Board Members

+Please cc empower@schoolsforclimateaction.org so we can track outreach efforts.

+There have been 5 school boards that have passed climate action resolutions simply on the basis of 1 or 2 emails from a stakeholder to the Superintendent or School Board president. Other local advocacy efforts have taken longer, but starting with an email is a quick, easy, and effective step.

+You can modify this email to make it appropriate for local, county, and state school board members.

+For most districts, you can find board member email addresses on the district website. Most districts have a separate “Board of Education” webpage. If you cannot find school board member emails online, send the email to the Superintendent and the Superintendent’s administrative assistant, but also address it to “Trustees”.

+Please cc a handful of your friends and other school stakeholders in your community.

"Dear ________

Thanks so much for your service on the ___________ school board. I believe strong public schools are vital to our democracy and the success of deserving young people, so I appreciate your work and leadership.

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our current and future students. I was thrilled to learn about the Schools for Climate Action campaign which is a non-partisan, grassroots, youth-adult campaign to empower schools to speak up for climate action to protect current and future students. Twenty-six school boards in California, Colorado, New York, and Virginia have recently passed strong climate change resolutions. Student councils and student leaders are also speaking up. Here are some links to example passed resolutions:

Albany (CA) Unified School District Climate Action Resolution

San Lorenzo Unified School District Climate Action Resolution

Tamalpais Union High School District Climate Action Resolution

Harmony Union School District Climate Action Resolution

Sonoma COE Commitment to Climate Change Action Resolution 

Credo High School Student Council Climate Action Resolution

Together, school communities across the country can call out the best in Americans and help unite us to break the logjam on common-sense climate policy in DC. The educational sector can speak with one voice to protect students from climate harm. Would you please consider joining these other districts and passing a climate action resolution for our district? Here is a Model Climate Action Resolution which I believe reflects the values of our district.  Here is a link to the Schools for Climate Action website for more details.

Thanks again for your time and energy making great schools for kids in our community.