What does it mean to “Adopt” a school? Simply identify a school or schools, in which you are willing to contact to discuss with them the need to fulfill the 2004 law requiring public schools have a constitutional education program each September 17th. Once contact is made you are willing to donate constitutional materials as needed.

Who should I contact to get started? Contact your local Tea Party Patriots leader to ask who is in charge of the program in your area. If you do not know who that is visit www.teapartypatriots.org for a list of groups in your area. If you are still unable to determine who to contact, send an email to bill.norton@teapartypatriots.org.

Do I need to put together a constitutional education program? The extent of your time and energy in helping schools fulfill this law is entirely up to you. You can simply donate the NCCS Adopt A School. If you desire something more substantial and have the time to do so, you are free to develop any program that you feel will work in your schools.

Who should I contact? Contact all or one of the following: School Board Members, District Superintendents, Principals, and Teachers. Who you contact depends upon what level you want to implement the program. Superintendent for the district, principal for the school, and teacher for the classroom.

Where do I find contact information? This varies by state and community. Most often contact information can be found online.

What approach should I take when contacting the schools? Be very polite and not demanding. I know we are all very frustrated with the education our children are getting in relation to our American Heritage, but if we approach them demanding that they do a better job we will not get very far. Take the approach that you know that they are always pressed for time and resources so you want to help them fulfill the constitutional education requirement. Make them feel like you are an asset, not a liability.

What if they do not respond or they respond negatively? Most schools will respond very positively, however, we do know that there will be some bad responses. In this case keep trying and perhaps make additional contacts to other people, i.e. school board, etc. In addition, you may want to send a press release to the media with the explanation that the school does not want to teach our kids about the constitution and that they are violating federal law with their position. If they persist in being difficult, invite parents and grandparents from your Tea Party Patriots group to do a protest at the school to bring public awareness to the problem.