A: It’s a time to thank our lawmakers for supporting our children with special needs through this scholarship and asking for more funding so more children can benefit from the Gardiner Scholarship. We need $42 million dollars more to add 4,000 Florida students who are waiting to join the program.
A: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020
A: Noon until 1:30 p.m.
A: Waller Park, in front of the Florida State Capitol facing Duval Street and the Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee, Florida. The dolphin fountains are the park’s centerpiece.
A: Our goal is to have 2,000 Gardiner Scholarship supporters in attendance.
A: All Gardiner supporters, especially families waitlisted, current and past, scholarship families, educators, student providers, lawmakers, community supporters and more.
A: Florida Voice For Choices is offering free roundtrip charter bus service to Tallahassee with advance registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, the bus trip does not spend the night in Tallahassee. Drop off is shortly before the event, and departure will be shortly at the conclusion of the rally.
A: A celebration of this life-changing scholarship program for children with certain special needs in Florida. Several speakers will talk about why they need the scholarship program and how more funding will move thousands off the waiting list.
A: Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami.
A: Visit our website at www.sufs.org/gardiner-rally
A: Yes, and there is wheelchair storage.
A: General snacks and water will be available on the ride up and everyone will get a lunchbox with sandwich, chips, fruit and water for the ride home. If you have specific dietary needs, please bring your own snacks, drinks and food.
A: You may leave items on the bus at your own risk. The buses will be locked when unattended. Please note: organizers and bus service providers are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
A: Bus drivers have been instructed to drop off riders in front of the rally site.
A: Yes, there are ramps on both sides.
A: Return buses will pick up relatively in the same area riders were dropped off near the rally site.
A: Yes, participants are welcome to drive to Tallahassee at their own expense.
A: Free parking will be available at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL 32301, and as an alternative to walking to the Capitol, we are looking into shuttles to transport drivers. Participants can also use self-pay parking at the Kleman Plaza Parking Garage, 306 S. Duval, St., Tallahassee, FL 32301, or any other public parking facility.
A: Discounted hotel rooms for those providing their own transportation are available first-come, first-served at Baymont by Wyndham, 2850 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301. The rate is $88.55 per night. Families can use to book their rooms online here or to make reservations call: (850) 878-5099. Discount Code: SUFS Gardiner Rally 2020.
A. It is privately funded.
A: Yes, registered participants will receive a free boxed lunch as they leave the rally in Tallahassee. Boxed sandwiches will be available to participants as they leave the rally. Vegetarian options will be available. If participants require vegan, Halal, Kosher, gluten-free, etc. they must get in touch with us and order at least two weeks ahead of time so we can provide those options as well. Please email email@example.com. Put “Gardiner Rally lunch” in the subject line.
A: Yes, there will be regular restrooms and wheelchair-accessible restrooms on site.
A: Yes, Florida Voices for Choices is hiring security services for the event.
A. Yes, please see poster guidelines (click here)
A: Yes, but we ask to follow our social media guidelines here (click here).
A: Comfortable clothes and layers. It can be very cold in Tallahassee, please bring jackets, gloves, hats, scarves. Wear comfortable clothes and don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen. We will also be handing out rally T-shirts for you to wear.
A: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Gardiner Rally” in the subject line.
When posting about the Gardiner Celebration Rally on social media, please be positive, appropriate and inclusive. This is a celebration of our scholarship program.
Please include this hashtag in all your social media posts: #GardinerCelebrationRally
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas:
Before the event:
During the event:
Feel free to include a picture of your child.
Please keep your posts on topic. This rally is for all Gardiner Scholarship recipients, supporters and providers. This is a celebration of and a thanks to our lawmakers for the Gardiner Scholarship.
Make sure to follow us on social media for updates. Feel free to share any of our posts, especially about the rally.
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