Dear Cheryl (Ms. O'Conner),
I hope you'll forgive my "emailing" you in this awkward, online way, but because of your feelings on the issue I wanted to let you know that Martha Cabot and I are going full steam ahead with a community initiative called "Save the 2,008"—a campaign to bring a happier, healthier life to Gunn High.
Though a full-time Gunn student who's subject to the usual homework load (!), Martha is giving her all to this initiative and believes in it heart and soul. She spent two hours last week in an interview with a journalist whose work has run in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the SF Chronicle.
"Save the 2,008" is a proposal to shrink classes to a friendlier size, moderate the amounts of homework, foster wise decisions about course loads, quiet the all-day distraction of cellphones, slow the bombardment of grade-reports so our kids have room to ride out the ups and downs of teenage life, and end the demoralizing impact of academic fraud—so that the 2,008 students and teachers of Gunn High School can grow, breathe, learn, thrive.
Our whole plan is explained at: www.savethe2008.com
Martha and I are especially keen to encourage anyone who likes our plan to come tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 13th, to "like" our ideas out loud to Max, Ken, Melissa, Terry, Camille, and Heidi (a.k.a. the Superintendent and School Board). You can come early for coffee with us (6 pm-6:30
), network and hobnob, and fill out a card requesting to speak during "Open Forum" (6:45
) if you want. The meeting is at 25 Churchill Avenue, and it would be great to say hi and feel your support.
There's also an upcoming Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27th. We'll be there then too.
Again, I'm sorry to write in this "public" way, but as a next step to round up support Martha and I may be forced to YouTube ourselves dumping buckets of ice-water on our heads!—and I'm sure you don't want that! :-)