Naps, bathrobes, massages, karaokeâ€”the wobble.
During difficult economic times, fundraising can be tough, and to meet the challenge, NEA members think outside the box in creative and innovative ways to recognize delegatesâ€™ voluntary contributions to its federal political action committee (PAC), the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education.
â€œIn our caucus we noticed that a lot of our members like to take naps,â€ said Brittany Jones, an early elementary major at Virginia Commonwealth Universityin Richmond. â€œWe have early morning meetings and we go all day long.â€
As a result, the Student Virginia Education Association decided to recognize contributors with nap tickets in an effort to raise money for its caucus. A dollar a day â€œwill get you a sticker to put on your name badge,â€ says Jones. â€œAs long as we see you have a sticker, it covers you for that day, but we wake [delegates] up after a certain amount of time so that we can get them back involved in business.â€
Napping was just one of the innovative ways that helped NEA members raise $1,046,705.57 to the NEA Fund at the Representative Assembly. Members contribute to the NEA Fund all year-long, supporting the election of pro-public education candidates. At NEAâ€™s Representative Assembly, delegates go the extra mile to meet important yearly fundraising goals.
South in Tennessee, delegates did it a little differently as they danced for dollars.
Amanda Broach and Caryce Gilmore dance the wobble during the RA. The hip-hop dance was a caucus fundraiser.
The wobble? â€œItâ€™s a lot of shaking,â€ said Caryce Gilmore, a member of the Student Tennessee Education Association. â€œItâ€™s like an electric slide.â€
Gilmore, a senior studying elementary education at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Tenn., realized the student members wouldnâ€™t meet their fundraising goals without something a little fun and inventive. So student delegates decided to wobbleâ€”a repetitive line dance based on a song by hip-hop artist V.I.C.
â€œWe had the blues because we hadnâ€™t met the goal and the more theatrical we got, the more they would giveâ€ to the PAC, said Gilmore. â€œWe said that we would wobble for funds and donations.â€
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