How You Can Help

H.A. Kostash School Replacement Project
Public Advocacy Campaign: How You Can Help

The Board of Trustees of Aspen View Public Schools appreciates the support of the Smoky Lake-area community in our efforts to secure a commitment from the Government of Alberta to replace the existing H.A. Kostash School in Smoky Lake.

How you can help:

1. Write letters

The decision to replace H.A. Kostash School lies with the Government of Alberta. We encourage stakeholders to share their own unique experiences and observations about the current state of
H.A. Kostash School, the school's role in the community, and how a replacement facility would positively impact their family and community.

Information is attached on the history and current status of H.A. Kostash School, as well as a summary of work done to date in support of the H.A. Kostash School Replacement Project. Please feel free to include this information in your letter.

Aspen View Public Schools is happy to assist stakeholders who wish to write letters in support of the H.A. Kostash School Replacement Project. Simply bring your completed and signed letter to the
H.A. Kostash School office and staff will copy, address and mail them.

What should I put in my letter?

1. Address it to the Premier; cc (carbon copy) other MLAs

Please address your letter to:

Honourable Rachel Notley
Premier of Alberta
307 Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6

At the end of your letter, below your signature, please include:

cc. Hon. David Eggen
  Hon. Sandra Jansen
  MLA Colin Piquette
  MLA David B. Hanson

A sample letter template is attached. If you bring your completed and signed letter to the H.A. Kostash School office, staff will be happy to copy, address and mail all copies. Alternatively, if you wish to write each MLA individually, their addresses are:

Honourable David Eggen Honourable Sandra Jansen
Minister of Education Minister of Infrastructure
228 Legislature Building 127 Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue 10800 97 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6 Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6

Mr. Colin Piquette (NDP) Mr. David B. Hanson (UCP)
MLA, Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA, Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two
Hills
6th Floor 5th Floor
9820 - 107 Street 9820 - 107 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7 Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7

2. Who are you?

Introduce yourself in a way that describes your relationship to H.A. Kostash School. Are you ...

  • A current student?
  • A relative (parent/guardian, grandparent, aunt/uncle, etc.) of a current student?
  • A former H.A. Kostash School student?
  • A current or former H.A. Kostash School staff member?
  • A concerned community member?
  • Affiliated with H.A. Kostash School in other ways?
  • Any or all of the above?

3. What do you see? What do you feel?

Describe what you have personally observed regarding the condition of the current H.A. Kostash School. Be descriptive, accurate and avoid exaggeration. Include your personal perspective of how the condition of the current H.A. Kostash School impacts the learning environment. Some good phrases to use are:

  • "I have seen ..."
  • "I feel ..."
  • "I believe ..."
  • "It is my opinion that ... "
  • "From my perspective ..."

4. Why does it matter?

Describe, from your perspective, why the H.A. Kostash School Replacement Project is important, and what it would mean for you, your family and the community.

5. Make the 'ask'

Thank the recipient for taking the time to read your letter, and ask them to support approval of the H.A. Kostash School Replacement Project


2. Engage your community

Our advocacy efforts are enhanced when more unique voices share the same message. Talk to friends, community members and stakeholders about the H.A. Kostash School Replacement Project and encourage them to demonstrate their support by writing letters and joining in other advocacy campaigns.

3. Promote #newHAK

We have introduced '#newHAK' as means of sharing our public advocacy efforts through social media, and also as a visual brand for our public advocacy campaign. Watch for #newHAK in social media posts, posters and other communications.

There are a number of ways in which stakeholders can promote #newHAK to support our public advocacy campaign:

  • After you send a letter in support of the H.A. Kostash School Replacement Project, create a social media post such as:

  • "I wrote my letter in support the H.A. Kostash School Replacement Project! #newHAK"

  • Continue to promote the H.A. Kostash School Replacement Project on social media using #newHAK
  • Help share #newHAK on posters, signs and other platforms
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