Sample Proclamation Request Letter

Here is how to contact your mayor:

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The Honorable [governor, mayor or city council president]

Dear [name]:

We cordially invite you to support positive and nonviolent parenting by proclaiming April 30th SpankOut Day in [your state or city]. Hundreds of communities across the United States celebrate this event by educating parents and caregivers about effective strategies for raising good kids without hitting.

SpankOut Day USA was initiated in 1998 to give widespread attention to the need to end corporal punishment of children and to promote non-violent ways of teaching children appropriate behavior. EPOCH-USA (End Physical Punishment of Children) sponsors SpankOut Day USA on April 30th of each year. All parents, guardians, caregivers and teachers who still use corporal punishment to refrain from hitting children on this day, and to seek alternative methods of discipline through programs available in community agencies, churches and schools.

EPOCH-USA is a program of the Center for Effective Discipline and part of an international effort to end corporal punishment of children through education and legal reform.

To enhance public awareness, we ask you to declare April 30th SpankOut Day. A proclamation would serve as an effective endorsement, greatly increasing the number of parents we can reach. A sample proclamation is enclosed. Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully yours,
[your name, address, phone, email]

National Contact:

Nadine Block,
Center for Effective Discipline,
(614) 221-8829,

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