Inspired by the children’s classic, The Little Engine that Could, NC moms and children rolled up to the General Assembly yesterday aboard a trolley wearing engineers’ caps and bearing messages from NC parents reminding state legislators that “we think you can” find a way to protect programs essential to North Carolina’s future even in this tough budget year. See the video on WRAL!
According to Beth Messersmith, NC Campaign Director for MomsRising, North Carolina finds itself today in much the same position as the children in The Little Engine that Could. In the story, there was a trainload of things that children needed that had to get to the other side of the mountain. It was a hard journey, and many were asked to help but didn’t. When all others refused, one little engine stepped up to the plate despite the overwhelming obstacles because he knew that it was critical to take care of the children.
“Today North Carolina legislators face a similar decision,” said Messersmith. “It’s going to be a hard budget session with difficult choices, but North Carolina’s children are relying on them to have the will to do the right thing and take a balanced approach to the budget. These parents and children are here today to remind them that ‘we think you can, we think you can….”
Thank you to Beth and all of the MomsRising moms for speaking up on behalf of Smart Start. Smart Start messages on trains included:
“The first 5 years of a child’s life are the most important years for our youngest citizens. Please give them a chance to become our future leaders by keeping the funding to the Smart Start, More at Four and Subsidy Programs that help ensure that they get high quality child care and the opportunity to succeed in school and in life. Thank you for valuing young children now and for keeping the programs that make the positive difference for them.”- Patricia, Winston-Salem
“Smart Start has been extremely beneficial to my children in NC!” – Nancy, Saluda