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First Book
If your student chapter celebrates Read Across America or sponsors afterschool tutoring programs, you should check out First Book. Their goal is to put books into the hands of children. Your chapter members can sign up for book discounts, volunteer First Book distribution centers, or participate in the First Book Advisory Council on your campus. Every Child Deserves Books.

The Legacy Project

In a reimaging of the historic “Outreach to Teach” program, the NEA Aspiring Stuednts Program and the NEA-Retired leadership devoted a pre-RA field day to community engagement that lifted up NEA’s strategic goal 2 which states that “…students at greatest risk must be a priority…”

The project was held on June 30, 2015 in Kissimmee, Florida.  It was designed like a community fair.  Over 400 summer camp students and community members visit numerous IMPACTs where they were greeted by volunteers.  IMPACTs were the individual projects (designed by the Advisory Committee on Student Members) where they organized, educated, and led change for the communities of parents and students that our educators serve.  IMPACT activities included:  Voter Information, Literacy, Healthy Snacks, Wild Florida, Pencils of Hope, and more!

Students and their families learned about how their community is coming together to ensure the Osceola students are well educated.  In addition to the NEA-Retired, the project was a success due to partnerships, Student Florida Education Association, FEA-Retired, the Osceola County Education Association and community groups and organizations.  Through partnership with Osceola County E.A., the fair was held at Osceola High School and a garden was built at nearby Thacker Elementary School.

Florida Members Urge Legislators to Consider Raising Sales Tax to Fund Education
Aspiring Educators members and other marchers brought pennies March 18 to the state capital to encourage legislators to consider a three-year, one penny increase in the Florida sales tax.

Are Soaring Student Loans Scaring off Tomorrow's Teachers?
NEA members are struggling with student loan debt of unprecedented proportions. Here's why it matters, even if your college days (and bills) are a thing of the past.