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Advocating for NHD: Every Voice Counts

In order to build capacity and increase access to National History Day in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Historical Society, as the sponsoring organization for NHD, solicits external funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, state agencies, private foundations, and individual donors. External funding for NHD makes it possible to:

  • Reduce or eliminate registration fees for students
  • Offer in-depth professional development workshops for teachers
  • Make inroads in our ultimate goal of making NHD accessible to all grades 6-12 students across the Commonwealth

To demonstrate to legislators that NHD is a vital program for Massachusetts, we need your advocacy! We are asking the state legislature to support Amendment #342 in the FY22 budget, which would provide $30K in funding for NHD. This earmark has been sponsored by Rep. Capano and co-sponsored by Rep. Day.

Please contact your state legislators using the scripts provided below and request their support for Amendment #342.

 

Email Template

Please email the chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means (listed below) AND your own state representative and state senator. If you’re not sure who your state legislators are or how to contact them, please visit MA’s Find My Legislator page.

  1. Representative Aaron Michlewitz (Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means)
    Aaron.M.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov
  2. Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (Vice Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means)
    Ann-Margaret.Ferrante@mahouse.gov
  3. Senator Michael Rodrigues (Chair, Senate Committee on Ways and Means)
    Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov
  4. Senator Cindy Friedman (Vice Chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee)
    Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov
  5. Your State Representative
    Click here to find your representative's name. Enter your address, and then click on your representative's name for their contact info.
  6. Your State Senator
    Click here to find your senator's name. Enter your address, and then click on your senator's name for their contact info.

Email Template

Subject: Please Support National History Day in Massachusetts in FY22 Budget

Dear Representative/Senator________,

My name is ______, and I’m an educator / parent / other title [and a constituent of the Senator/Representative]. I’m writing to ask the Senator/Representative to support Amendment #342, a $30K earmark (sponsored by Rep. Capano and co-sponsored by Rep. Day) in the FY22 budget for National History Day in Massachusetts (NHD), run by the Massachusetts Historical Society. A year-long interdisciplinary program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for students in Grades 6-12, NHD is one of the most effective ways to prepare our students for college, career, and active citizenship, honing important 21st-century skills like critical thinking and media literacy. 

I believe that funding for National History Day is critical because it will provide students and teachers with the robust resources necessary for inquiry-based, student-centered learning, which is at the heart of the NHD program. State funding will help to increase access to this vital program for students and teachers across the Commonwealth.

[If possible, please share your own experience with National History Day and/or why you feel it is a valuable program. You may also wish to cite any data from the NHD Impact Statement that resonate with you.]

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Name (can also include title, institution)

Phone Call Template

Please call the chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means (listed below) AND your own state representative and state senator. If you’re not sure who your state legislators are or how to contact them, please visit MA’s Find My Legislator page.

  1. Representative Aaron Michlewitz (Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means)
    (617) 722-2990
  2. Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (Vice Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means)
    (617) 722-2370
  3. Senator Michael Rodrigues (Chair, Senate Committee on Ways and Means)
    (617) 722-1114
  4. Senator Cindy Friedman (Vice Chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee)
    (617) 722-1432
  5. Your State Representative
    Click here to find your representative's name. Enter your address, and then click on your representative's name for their contact info.
  6. Your State Senator
    Click here to find your senator's name. Enter your address, and then click on your senator's name for their contact info.

Phone Call Template

Hello, my name is ______, and I’m an educator / parent / other title [and a constituent of the Senator/Representative]. I’m calling to ask the Senator/Representative to support Amendment #342, a $30K earmark (sponsored by Rep. Capano and co-sponsored by Rep. Day) in the FY22 budget for National History Day in Massachusetts (NHD), run by the Massachusetts Historical Society. A year-long interdisciplinary program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for students in Grades 6-12, NHD is one of the most effective ways to prepare our students for college, career, and active citizenship, honing important 21st-century skills like critical thinking and media literacy. 

I believe that funding for National History Day is critical because it will provide students and teachers with the robust resources necessary for inquiry-based, student-centered learning, which is at the heart of the NHD program. State funding will help to increase access to this vital program for students and teachers across the Commonwealth.

[If possible, please share your own experience with National History Day and/or why you feel it is a valuable program. You may also wish to cite any data from the NHD Impact Statement that resonate with you.]

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Note: Please leave a voicemail if no one answers, as the legislator's staff will listen to your message.

Twitter/Facebook Template

Please post about NHD and tag the chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means (listed below) AND your own state representative and state senator. If you’re not sure who your state legislators are or how to contact them, please visit MA’s Find My Legislator page.

  1. Representative Aaron Michlewitz (Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means)
    @RepMichlewitz
  2. Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (Vice Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means)
    @am_ferrante
  3. Senator Michael Rodrigues (Chair, Senate Committee on Ways and Means)
    @SenRodrigues
  4. Senator Cindy Friedman (Vice Chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee)
    @CindyFriedmanMA
  5. Your State Representative
    Click here to find your representative's name.
  6. Your State Senator
    Click here to find your senator's name.

Twitter/Facebook Template

Option 1:

NHD is important to me because [fill in your own story!] Please support @MAHistoryDay in the FY22 budget and give other students the same tools for success  @[enter your MA state legislator or one you work closely with] #NHDMA2021

Option 2:

NHD taught me [fill in your own story!] Please support @MAHistoryDay in the FY22 budget and give other students the same tools for success  @[enter your MA state legislator or one you work closely with] #NHDMA2021

Questions?

Contact Elyssa Tardif at etardif@masshist.org with any questions. Thank you for advocating on behalf of National History Day in Massachusetts!