by Shavonne Clarke
The better question: what aren’t we doing at the convention?
On Monday, we launched the Save the Children Action Network Lounge in Cleveland, a hub for activists and delegates to gather as we remind voters and the nation about the critical importance of investing in kids.
We brought corn hole, virtual reality headsets, tablets where visitors could sign petitions to help kids survive and thrive — and a bunch of very excited staff.
Things have been bustling. On Wednesday, Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma tried our virtual reality video, an immersive experience about how to prevent moms and kids from dying overseas and learning about early childhood education in rural Kentucky.
Later, we invited some of the best minds at the convention to come speak with us about investing in kids. “Republicans are the key,” GOP pollster Alex Lundry told us, “to helping end the preventable deaths of moms and kids.”
We also got a visit from Senator Dan Sullivan.
In the meantime, we’ve been hitting the streets of Cleveland to raise awareness for kids’ issues.
We even sponsored a forum hosted by PBS’s NewsHour, a whole special devoted to discussing early childhood education! Our president, Mark Shriver, provided opening and closing remarks.
“If we can put a man on the moon,” he said, “we can figure out how to educate our youngest kids.”
Thumbs up to that!