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Students use umbrellas to send message to Texas lawmakers

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) – A group of Diboll elementary students are using their umbrellas to send an important message to Texas lawmakers.

Wednesday, school kids and their teachers gathered at Temple elementary.

They hope to encourage legislators to pull money from the rainy day fund in order to protect funding for Texas schools. With inevitable budget cuts threatening thousands of jobs in education, the Save Texas Schools Committee say they have no choice but to take action.

"We're also asking everyone to mail umbrellas to members of the House of Appropriations Committee next Tuesday, March 8th and enclose a note with these umbrellas that says it's raining in Texas to encourage them to tap into the rainy day fund for education," said community activist Jan Wilkerson.

Teachers, parents and community activists are asking other East Texans to write, email and call Texas legislators with their concerns about cuts in education.

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