Declaring October 20, 2009, the National Day on Writing
The Resolution for a National Day on Writing has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) and by its 27 cosponsors. House Resolution 524 (H.Res.524) has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor for review.
NCTE is eager for the Resolution to get to the floor for a vote. You can have a part in that move by writing to your Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives to ask her or him to become a cosponsor for the bill.
While you can send the model letter as is, we hope you will choose to modify that letter to tell why you think the National Day is important to your students and to you as a teacher. After you review the resolution, you could choose to emphasize one or more of the “whereas clauses” that establish why NCTE thinks this day is significant. The passion and commitment to writing that you express could motivate your Representative to be a cosponsor and to vote for H.Res.524.
Thank you for your participation in this advocacy effort which is a significant part of your active membership in NCTE.