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Help PCCY Take 'School Play' on the Road

Stress the importance of school funding in your community

Public Citizens for Children & Youth works to improve the lives of our region's children by developing initiatives and advocating for quality health care, child care, public education and family stability. School Play brings education funding issues to light and is sparking a must-needed dialogue.

Why It Matters:  
School Play draws on interviews and quotes with a variety of citizens on all sides of the issue to begin a more meaningful conversation about the necessity of high-quality public education.  The documentary has put genuine human faces on this story to show why these issues matter. By cutting through the numbers and political arguments, we will all discover ways to make things better for our children and our communities. School Play is intended to galvanize Pennsylvanians and spark informed conversations around school funding. This issue is critical to the cultural sector because every student should receive arts instruction as part of a complete education and early exposure to the arts is the best way to develop the audiences of the future.

Present School Play Yourself! 
PCCY's goal is to have performances in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties during the state budget process this spring or in September when schools open. The piece can be performed in whole or in part, by community groups, professional theatre troupes, friends, neighbors, and anyone in between. PCCY will provide the script, production guidelines, promotional tools and more! 

School Play belongs to everyone. You do not need sets, costumes or lighting to tell the critical story of the state of our schools and a child’s desire to have basic resources to help them succeed,” said Donna Cooper, executive director of PCCY. “We want everyone from Philadelphia to Erie to Scranton to Johnstown to pick up a script and hold their own School Play in their communities so more people can become aware of how funding cuts hurt our children.”

The Cultural Alliance's GroundSwell initiative is partnering with PCCY to promote School Play in Southeastern Pennsylvania. If you would like to learn more about presenting School Play in your community, click here.

Here's your chance to take this production back to your community and start a real dialogue on education!