Start School Later
Vol 3 Issue 8
August 2014
 


Back to School
August is a pivotal time for most families, schools are gearing up for a new year and many families are becoming familiar, for the first time, with insanely early school start times.

Thus far, the earliest scheduled school bus stop we’ve seen posted for the coming school year is 5:40 am (with students expected to be at the stop at least five minutes earlier). Some magnet school programs and other special needs programs have buses scheduled even earlier, some reportedly in the 4 o'clock hour!  Clearly, the issue of early school start times is not an issue of bad parenting or lazy students. It is the idea that sleep needs of students can be sacrificed at the altar of cost savings.

If you know of a scheduled school bus stop earlier than 5:40 am, please CONTACT US! Thank you.

A New Local Chapter
Start School Later continues to expand with another local chapter, SSL Kansas City, MO. As a result, we now have local chapters in 15 states. 

Starting a local chapter in your area is simple.  Click here for more details.
 
Event Planner Wanted
If you have experience with event planning, we are looking for you!  Start School Later is currently planning for future forums and other events that will help raise awareness about early school start times along with funds for our national organization.  If you are interested in helping out this way, as an in-kind donation of pro-bono services or at a discounted rate, please contact maribel@startschoollater.net or reply to this email newsletter.
 
Fueling the Momentum
With expanding chapters and many volunteer hours by the Executive Staff and others, our expenses are growing and we need to have a financial plan to keep moving forward with our mission.

You can support our work through a donation, a purchase through AmazonSmile, or by buying Start School Later merchandise (bumper stickers, mugs, etc.) from our CafePress storeMeanwhile, we remain grateful for all your support  in  our efforts to ensure healthy, safe, and equitable school hours.






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Our Newest Local Chapters
Edwardsville, IL
Kansas City, MO
New Paltz, NY
Germantown, TN
Walla Walla, WA

We now have 25 chapters in 15 states and are growing!

Click on our interactive map to see there if is a chapter in your area.

Sign up for AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way to support Start School Later at no cost to you. Once you sign up, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Start School Later (SSL). Click here to get started!




About Start School Later

Start School Later is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to ensure that all public schools can set hours compatible with health, safety, equity, and learning.

Our non-profit status furthers our mission to function over the long-term as an organization that can champion safe, healthy, and equitable school hours, both nationally and locally.














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