On March 4th, the very first Illinois State University/American Heart Association Day at the Capitol took place in Springfield. 50 students from the exercise physiology program at ISU, led by You’re the Cure volunteers Karen Dennis and Dale Brown, attended a morning training and afternoon of lobbying to protect physical education (P.E.) in Illinois. Some of the highlights are below:
- The students visited their own lawmakers and dropped-off personalized notes asking their legislators to protect P.E. Some of them even got to meet with their legislators for 30-45 minutes to discuss the issue! In all, student constituents visited 24 Senators and 27 Representatives. Highlights included meetings with Rep. Keith Sommers, Sen. Bill Cunningham, Sen. Chris Nybo, Rep. Peter Breen, Sen. Jim Oberweis and Sen. Jason Barickman.
- Prior to the day, the students collected 185 petitions that they were then able to deliver to 38 Senators and 53 Representatives which helped make out reach that day even larger.
- The students also got a tour of the Capitol and were invited to enter the Governor’s office and even got to sit at his desk.
This event would not have been possible without Karen Dennis and Dale Brown who allowed us to steal their class away for the day and teach them a little about advocacy. This was a great opportunity and we are looking forward to partnering with ISU in the future!
More photos from the day can be found on our Facebook page here: