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This is an email to me from Ty CHurchwell, who runs Trout Unlimited in town:
"As you know, I’m leading a community effort to fix the mines up near Silverton and get our beloved Animas to where she deserves to be – healthy! TU’s coalition, the San Juan Clean Water coalition, is playing a lead role in the Superfund process and now represents about 125 Durango businesses and thousands of individuals. In an effort to better inform our residents on the effort, I thought it would be fun and productive to utilize the parade as a way to hand out swag to people on the streets. Here’s what I’m thinking…. I’ve got boxes and boxes of campaign brochures (a simple rack card – PDF version attached so you can see it) and bumper stickers (see photo below). I’d love to give a big pile of each to these students and let them hand them out to anyone and everyone who’ll take one. There is no reason for the youngsters to be up-to-speed on our work, nor do they need to know details or answer questions. All we’re trying to do is get people to the campaign website for information. I can see these kids walking up and down Main street BEFORE the parade handing out swag. I did the exact same thing at Riverdays this past summer – I handed out thousands of bumper stickers in 15 minutes. People always want bumper stickers and they’ll take darn near anything you attempt to hand them. In other words, this won’t take long and the kids will be off-duty very quickly. Once their pile of swag is gone, they’re free to go ahead with their Snowdown mayhem. I’d meet up with them before the parade, give them their swag supply and let them loose. They’ll be done before the parade even begins, I’m sure. They could also, or alternatively, bust into the parade and walk down the street with the parade handing these things out to spectators. Other than that, they’ll be on the sidewalks.
In exchange for their help, depending on how many assist, I’ll buy these guys a gift certificate for Fired Up or Home Slice for pizzas for the group.
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School