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Buy a vowel or two for Pro Education Day

The B.C. Society for Public Education is going virtual to raise real money to fight for better education funding.

If you’ve ever wanted to buy a vowel like on Wheel of Fortune, now’s your chance. But it doesn’t have to be a vowel. You can also buy a consonant, an entire word or even a sentence. And not only will you have a letter to call your own, you'll feel good knowing that you’re helping fight for better education funding in British Columbia.

It’s all part of what the British Columbia Society for Public Education is calling the “first-ever, virtual, non-event, Pro-Education Day”. It takes place September 15.

And what are you buying? “Building blocks” from the Society’s public opinion poll, published earlier this year, which showed that most British Columbians support public education and believe funding should be increased, according to the BCSPE website. The BCSPE is selling lower-case letters from the survey for $10, upper-case letters for $25.

And if you give more, they say they’ll happily sell you an entire sentence “or even a paragraph.”

"What you get is the satisfaction of knowing you supported the work," says BCSPE board member Helesia Luke. "The letter/word scheme is really undefined! You could buy the whole report!"

The society's goal is to raise $2,500 to help defray their costs (as they point out, opinion polls cost money).

The Society has been in operation since 2005. The president is Annie Ehman, a founding member of the Inner City Parents Group. Other board members include Catherine Evans and Luke, the co-owners of Ethos Strategy Group, and Allison McDonald, co-chair of the King George Secondary School Parent Advisory Committee (who came up with the virtual fundraiser idea).

Ironically, though it’s a virtual fund raiser, BCSPE asks that you mail them your donation, as they don't have a Paypal account yet.

For more information, check out the BCSPE website at www.bcspe.ca. They’re also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68436223240. You can RSVP for the event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151804654844223

Go on, buy a vowel. And make it an upper-case one. BC's kids deserve it.

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