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Petition to The Inclusive Play Project

Support NEEDED playground updates at Northern Shores Elementary

We need your help!  We intend to use this petition in our discussion with community leaders and the School Board to show that people recognize the value of inclusion and want updated and improved play spaces for their community.  Please sign this petition and share with your friends.  The Inclusive Play Project is a community group whose mission it is to raise awareness and advocate for the need, and the benefits of Universally Designed play spaces where everyone can easily access play, regardless of age or ability, and enjoy the lifelong developmental, physical and social benefits of inclusion. For our first project, we are partnering with The Northern Shores PTA and requesting approval from the Suffolk School Board to update the existing playground at Northern Shores Elementary, in Northern Suffolk.   We have been working closely with experts and community members to develop an INITIAL design for this site, taking into consideration the size, space and needs of the school and surrounding community.  The updated playground would replace the current playground and reside within the same footprint of the current playground to ensure it does not interfere with any future expansion to the school building. The playground updates focus on Universal Design, addressing barriers for those with physical disabilities and also including design considerations for children with learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome and their “typically developing” peers.  So everyone can have access to, and play in, the same space.  The majority of the current playground is original (making it 22 years old) and will soon need to be replaced.  In addition to its deteriorating state, the current playground is unable to handle the volume of students that need to be able to safely and comfortably access the space, which can be up to 300 students at the same time. Imagine the impact it could have if we were able to give 900 children access to, and regular use of, an environment designed to promote equality, acceptance, independence and social interaction between children of all abilities.  Now, imagine what lessons we will be teaching them if we don’t. For more information about The Inclusive Play Project (including questions, comments, or if you are interested in getting involved), please contact Meg Diggs at Meg@TheInclusivePlayProject.com

The Inclusive Play Project
268 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Frank Redente, Mayor Toni Harp, Makayla Dawkins, Dr. Edward Joyner, Darnell Goldson, Nico Rivera, Jamell Cotto, Dr. Tamiko Jackson-McArthur, Joseph Rodriguez, Dr. Carol Birks

Stop the Layoffs and Reassignments of NHPS Librarians

New Haven Public School's Superintendent, Dr. Carol Birks, announced that almost 40% of the district's school librarians will be laid off or reassigned as classroom teachers. Those school librarians who will remain will be split amongst the schools. This means that most schools will only have a part-time librarian. Some schools may not have a librarian at all.  These cuts are a "solution" to budget crisis New Haven is experiencing. New Haven boasts being "KIDS FIRST", however, cutting school librarians will negatively affect NHPS students. There are over 21 state studies that confirm that "school librarians and school libraries support students in academic achievement, lifelong learning, 21st-century skills, and reading" (Kachel, 2011). One such study indicates that the presence of a qualified school librarian can make a tremendous difference in reading achievement. This difference ranges from eight percent for high schools to 35 percent for elementary schools (Rodney, 2003).  New Haven's students should not be the victims of overspending. Their education, opportunities, and well-being should not be sacrificed for the sake of money. Please sign the petition and attend the Board meeting August 13 and let the Board of Education and Dr. Birks know that NHPS students come FIRST.   Kachel, Debra E. 2011. School Library Research Summarized: A GraduateClass Project. Mansfield University. Rodney, Marcia J., Keith Curry Lance, and Christine Hamilton-Pennell. 2003.The Impact of Michigan School Libraries on Academic Achievement:Kids Who Have Libraries Succeed. Lansing, MI: Library of Michigan.

Lauren O'Brien
562 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Gregory L. Fenves

We Want Bike Lanes on Speedway (and a Bicycle Master Plan)

We, the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Texas at Austin, petition UT President Gregory L. Fenves to direct the appropriate department to add a separated bike lane along the Speedway Mall from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Dean Keeton Street. A separated bike lane will reduce conflicts between students. UT’s 1999 Campus Master Plan, in which the pedestrian mall was first formally proposed, calls for a separated bike lane along the entire length of Speedway. The plan observes that “conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists will be resolved by creating separate bicycle lanes.” This language, and the bike lane itself, disappeared from subsequent iterations of the campus plan. The recent redesign of the mall has proven the wisdom of the original plan as both students on bikes and students walking find the shared space frustrating. A separated bike lane will improve mobility for all students. As the university has expanded beyond the “40 acres,” travel time between classrooms, dorms, and other destinations has also expanded. With classes scheduled as closely as ten minutes apart, walking speed is often not fast enough. By creating a bike lane on Speedway, the university will enable students to cross campus in as little as two minutes. The twelve-minute walk from Jester West to Kinsolving is reduced to a mere three minutes when biking at a leisurely ten miles per hour. The university has taken a step in the right direction with free membership in the city’s docked bikeshare system, B-cycle; now it needs to follow through with proper infrastructure. A separated bike lane will make students safer. Without a bike lane, students may be pushed to bike on San Jacinto Boulevard or Guadalupe Street, increasing the risk of a deadly collision with a motor vehicle. A separated bike lane will also establish greater predictability and clear expectations, making the Speedway corridor safer for walking students — particularly students with disabilities. A separated bike lane will serve all students, even those who do not use a bicycle. A bike lane will better accommodate students using boosted skateboards, electric scooters, and other innovative transportation devices than the current shared space. More students biking means less demand for the university’s limited parking. A separated bike lane will demonstrate the university’s commitment to a sustainable future. The university has promised, through its official Campus Sustainability Policy, to “improve the long-term quality and regenerative capacity of the environmental, social and economic systems that support the University’s activities and needs.” As transportation makes up a significant share of students’ expenses and their ecological footprint, the university should be doing all it can to reduce automobile dependence.   THE UNIVERSITY NEEDS A BICYCLE MASTER PLAN Additionally, the university must address the policy shortcomings that led to the lack of bike lanes on Speedway. We call on the university to commission a Bicycle Master Plan that lays out a campus-wide vision for bicycling, provides a blueprint for incorporating bike facilities into future construction, and includes a timeline for specific infrastructure improvements.   For more information on the Campus Bike Alliance, visit facebook.com/campusbikealliance or email campusbikealliance@gmail.com

Campus Bike Alliance
166 supporters