The Don’t Steal Possible campaign, organized by Families for Excellent Schools, continues to make noise. After hosting “Think Possible” workshops with esteemed photographer, Jonathan Mannion and weather anchor, Al Roker, members of Team Possible headed to the New York State Capitol at Albany, New York on Wednesday (March 4) to rally for a better education system.
“My child attends a school where 9 in 10 kids can’t read,” said Ebony Burrowes, a Brooklyn parent who was in attendance. “If we do not end this crisis, I face burying my son.”
Burrowes joined the 13,000 participants and over 160 schools, fist-pumping for change. “With 800,000 children failing every year, and cities like New York unwilling to take action, thousands of parents [and teachers] today made an urgent call on state leaders to end this crisis,” said Jeremiah Kittredge, CEO of Families for Excellent Schools.
During the rally, New York State officials spoke in support of charter schools and bettering the education system for students. Those in attendance included Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein, Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan, and Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.
There were also a few celebrity faces on-hand to support the cause, like TV personality Fonzworth Bentley and WNBA star Lisa Leslie. Leslie, a mother and Parent Choice Advocate, spoke on her involvement in the movement.
“I was proud to stand with thousands of New Yorkers today,” said Leslie, who took part in a PSA for education alongside Laila Ali and Kathy Griffin. “This is a crisis that plays out in cities across the country every day, and it has to end now.”
Kids (and majority of the adults) got their lives when Ashanti hit the stage as a special performer and belted out some of her hits like “Foolish” and “Baby” from the early 2000s.
Since its inception, Don’t Steal Possible has seen support from other influencers including Estelle, Questlove and members of The Roots; Mike D of Beastie Boys; NBC’s Talk Stoop host, Kat Greenleaf; and more.
The Don’t Steal Possible campaign has been making strides every year (last year, there were 11,000 in attendance at the rally) and will continue to push for change in the New York school system.