Back to School Week -- September 18-22, 2006 (but visits are encouraged throughout the year)
How to Schedule a Classroom Visit?
1. If you have already read about America's Legislators Back to School Week, you may want to look over the lesson plans to know what type of activity you'd like your students to focus on.
2. If you don't know which legislator to contact, go to who represents me. There you will find your district and the names and telephone numbers of your state senator and representative.
3. Invite a senator or representative into your classroom. It is recommended that you contact a legislator by phone at least three weeks prior to September 18 - 22. If they don't return your phone call immediately, don't give up. Besides their public service, most legislators have full-time jobs and family responsibilities. Each Texas senator has approximately 675,000 constituents and each representative has 139,000 constituents, so you can certainly understand that they are inundated with calls and letters on a daily basis.
4. Once your visit is confirmed, contact:
to receive a video (if you are a secondary teacher), which demonstrates the importance of our nation's youth civic responsibilities. A copy of the video Your Ideas Count will be mailed to you for student viewing prior to and in preparation for your legislator's visit.
5. After the legislator's visit, please return the completed evaluation forms. This will help us know how successful the program is and what we might like to add or change in the future.
6. Your participation in this civic education program is appreciated. You can help make a difference in the attitudes and actions of our nation's future voters and leaders.
7. Questions and Suggestions: Please contact Patsy Spaw, Secretary of the Texas Senate, at (512) 463-0100 or by email or Carol Castlebury at (512) 463-0466 or by email.