The event name says it all. Print off some information on the importance of play, don’t forget to bring your sign-in sheets, and use this opportunity to find out why each person decided to attend the meeting and why play is important and personal to them.
And one more thing—you never know until you know. Until you know all of your neighbors, you won’t know if the mayor’s mother, your local council member, or the city manager is just under your nose. So make sure to invite everyone. Remember, an advocacy initiative for play is just as much about community building as it is about playground building. With a unified community, anything is possible, so make sure your team creates an abundance of casual and formal opportunities to bring people together around the importance of play. And the key is—make it playful!
Okay, so you’ve established your committee on play, you’ve assessed the status of play in your community, you’ve maybe held a Play Day, you’re the media guru your friends and colleagues now turn to—it’s time to step it up and begin to involve your local legislators. Host a play-themed “meet and greet” and share with your local representatives your Play Committee’s report on the “status of play.”
Recommendations and questions to consider as you plan for your official’s visit: