The Dear Ms. Smith letters—one thanking the
recipient for past support and one asking for support—are posted here in
Word format for easy editing.
- Includes both real data drawn from our Theatre and the Arts: Did you know? fact sheets
and a series of imagined facts (highlighted yellow text) that are
intended as examples of school-specific data about the student and
community value of your program.
- Is written so that any individual—adult or student—can serve as author.
- Can be customized for a wide range of individuals or organizations:
superintendents, school boards, principals, district administrators,
legislators, etc. and public messaging such as newspapers and blogs. For
an example of an effective newspaper editorial, see the Curriculum Cuts Not the Answer column by EdTA Executive Director Julie Woffington.
It’s really up to you to decide the format and audience for your
letter. Just remember that a carefully crafted letter needs to be
grounded in solid evidence and sound, well-reasoned thinking. An
emotional appeal might make you feel better, but it’s not likely to
convince your audience to consider your request or to even read your
The Dear Ms. Smith letters are located in the Local resources
entry of the Advocacy library