advocacy, school relationships
Mita: Because both of us have come from a position of being very, very active with the school board and the teachers and engaged with them right from day one, um, we’ve benefitted from that relationship in that they know to call us when something is going on, when –so they’re—when they were on strike it was kidlets that showed up with bottles of water when the school board was on strike to support the teachers and signs that –and they were the first two to show up and then they encouraged the other students to join them and this was something they wanted to do, and we don’t –we don’t tell them that this is something that you should do, they just- we’ve encouraged them that if you see something that you think needs changing look to yourselves and say what can I do to change this? Or who can I look to to ask to find a way around it and to see it go the way you want it to go. So…
Tara: Right. So, this relationship that you’ve built up with the school, do you think that has helped make school, um, a better place for your kids?
Mita: Yah. Definitely.
Tara: And is that one of the reasons that you decided to do that work?