Day 4: Monday, October 28
Week two kicked off with the dedication of a little free library at Pineview Elementary School in Tallahassee.
The bus then departed Pineview for a press conference at the Capitol.
The day ended with dinner and conversations with aspiring educators at Florida A&M University’s College of Education.
The Fund Our Future Bus Tour has arrived at the FAMU College of Education. We are participating in Dinner and a Conversation with FAMU, FSU, TCC and Flagler at TCC students of education. #4EveryStudent @fedingram @andrewsparfea @cgauronskas @FAMUSFEA @NEAToday @AFTunion pic.twitter.com/Nt66d5ch0Z— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) October 28, 2019
Day 4 wrap-up:
Evening check-in from the Fund Our Future Bus Tour. We just got back from a very encouraging conversation with future educators at the FAMU COE, and finished up our Presidents call. We will check in again tomorrow! #4EveryStudent @fedingram @andrewsparfea @cgauronskas pic.twitter.com/5kjE2ipPcd— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) October 29, 2019
Day 5: Tuesday, October 29
Day five kicked off with a visit to Suwannee County Primary School where the hard work and creativity of educators was on full display — as evidenced by President Fedrick Ingram’s “surfing.”
We spent our morning in Suwannee County Primary School visiting classrooms and talking to educators. Thank you so much to all of the teachers and the administration who took the time to show us around and talk to us about the great work they are doing. #4EveryStudent pic.twitter.com/JBUPDJFjwC— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) October 29, 2019
The bus then returned to Leon County for a meeting with education staff professional members in the area to listen to their concerns.
We are back in Leon county meeting with the Education Staff Professionals in the area. Thanks to all of the hard working individuals who came to talk to us at the end of a hectic work day. #4EveryStudent pic.twitter.com/KuQVY20ceS— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) October 29, 2019
The final stop on Day 5 was at Florida State University’s Turnbull Conference Center for a community conversation to gather input and support from the local community.
Last stop of the day is a community conversation hosted by Leon County Teachers Association. We are asking the community for support in the fight for the future of Florida: our public schools and their students. #4EveryStudent pic.twitter.com/PpRwdT23LO— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) October 30, 2019
Day 5 wrap-up:
Evening check-in for day 5. We just finished participating in an exciting and energizing community conversation in Tallahassee. We will be back on the road tomorrow, heading to Gainesville! #4EveryStudent @fedingram @andrewsparfea @cgauronskas @NEAToday @AFTunion @leonteachers pic.twitter.com/eExSXGgKkd— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) October 30, 2019
Day 6: Wednesday, October 30
Day six began in Gilchrist County with visits to Bell Elementary School and Bell High School.
We spent this morning in Gilchrist County visiting Bell Elementary School and Bell High School. Thank you so much to the educators, administrators and students who welcomed us! #4EveryStudent pic.twitter.com/hQM92hxaHl— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) October 30, 2019
Up next was a visit to the Bradford Transportation Center to have lunch with and give thanks to transportation and maintenance employees for the work they do every day for students.
The day ended in Alachua County with the third community conversation so far of the tour. There was a packed house at the Alachua County Education Association for this conversation.
Last stop of the day - Alachua County Education Association for a community conversation. Some excellent comments being made, and half of those who attended were community supporters of public education. #4EveryStudent pic.twitter.com/W7mqGRjLv9— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) October 30, 2019
Day 6 wrap-up:
Day 7: Thursday, October 31
Halloween began the treat of spending time with bus drivers in Alachua County.
Next up was a visit to Hawthorne Middle School where President Fedrick Ingram provided inspiration to hundreds of students.
When you hold an assembly for 300 students to talk about the opportunities that await them, you have to get a little creative to hold their attention. Thanks again to Hawthorne. Talking to kids is always a great reminder for why we do what we do. #4EveryStudent @fedingram pic.twitter.com/fq8CE1Ghkg— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) November 1, 2019
The final stop of the day was in Marion County, where we spread the message of #FundOurFutureFL to over 1,000 people at a trunk-or-treat
Day 7 wrap-up:
Day 7 has come to an end. Make sure to check back tomorrow as we head further south to Hernando County. Have a happy Halloween! 🎃👻— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) October 31, 2019
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Day 8: Friday, November 1
Once again, the day kicked off with a community conversation. This one focused on the problems with teaching to the test and ways to increase parent engagement.
The first stop in Hernando was a small community conversation w/ teachers, parents, students, school board member, superintendent & district staff. We had a productive discussion about teaching to the test & parent engagement. Thanks to all those who participated! #4EveryStudent pic.twitter.com/CXE3w77yfH— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) November 1, 2019
After the community conversation, Hernando County’s school superintendent had a message for legislators about the importance of recruiting and retaining educators.
Day 8 concluded with a member appreciation event for members of the United Service Unit.
Day 8 wrap-up:
Conclusion of day 8 - we ended the week with a member appreciation event. We are so energized by all the stories we are hearing throughout the state. Hope to hear more next week. Check in with us at https://t.co/UXeTJp3T0G #4EveryStudent @fedingram @andrewsparfea @cgauronskas pic.twitter.com/0js6PRNsFM— Florida Education Association (@FloridaEA) November 2, 2019