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January full of movie screenings and parent trainings culminates with a student rally at the state capitol

On January 29, students, parents and advocates from across Missouri will come together in the State Capitol’s Rotunda to share their stories of success and opportunities.

They will be joined by Gov. Mike Parson and several state legislators during the rally in celebration of National School Choice Week.

Gov. Parson will issue an official proclamation declaring January 26 through February 1, 2020 as School Choice Week in Missouri.

The “EMPOWERED: A Day to Advocate and Celebrate School Choice” rally will kick-off at 11:45 a.m. and provide participants a chance to celebrate how access to educational opportunities is helping families across Missouri find the school that is the right fit for their children’s needs.

If you would like to attend the rally please contact CEAM at peter@ceamteam.org.

While the EMPOWERED Rally is the main showcase National School Choice Week event in Missouri, it is only one of 1,200 National School Choice Week events scheduled in Missouri for the end of January, and the grand finale of a month of school choice centered activities sponsored by the Children’s Education of Alliance of Missouri.

Miss Virginia film screenings planned in 5 Missouri cities

We are kicking off the month this week with three screenings of the major motion picture Miss Virginia, with one screening each in Springfield, Kansas City and Columbia.

Two other screenings are planned in Jefferson City and St. Louis during National School Choice Week.

Based on a true story, Miss Virginia stars Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba as a struggling single mother who is losing her fifteen-year-old son to the rough streets of Washington, DC. Unwilling to see him drop out and deal drugs, she places him in a private school. But when she can’t afford tuition, she launches a movement to change the system that is destroying him and thousands like him. Attacked and threatened by those who don’t want change—from corrupt politicians to the local drug lord—Virginia must discover depths of strength she never knew she had.​​

St. Louis
Monday, Jan 27, 6 PM – 9 PM
Chase Park Plaza Cinemas — 212 Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis

Jefferson City
Tuesday, Jan 28, 6 PM – 9 PM
Capitol City CORK and Provisions — 124 E High Street, Jefferson City

The film will inspire audiences to do their utmost to secure their children’s essential civil right—the right to an education. 

​​Emmy® nominee Vanessa Williams (Soul FoodMy Brother), Emmy® nominee Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us), Amirah Vann (Underground), Emmy® nominee Adina Porter (American Horror Story), Niles Fitch (This Is Us), Nadji Jeter (Wonder), and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Modine (Stranger ThingsFull Metal Jacket) round out Miss Virginia’s stellar cast.​​

Advocacy trainings planned in four Missouri cities

We are following up Miss Virginia’s inspiring message with two weeks of advocacy trainings in Columbia, Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis. The trainings will be held on the same night each week in each city.

Our advocacy training programs have helped hundreds of advocates share their stories of educational opportunity, fight for change and engage other advocates.

Our January trainings will provide key skills for education freedom advocates over two weeks.

The first week in each of the cities will focus on how to tell your story.

Your story of self has the power to influence the minds of others and be a catalyst for change.

In this training, you will learn how to effectively craft your story and deliver it in a compelling way. 

The second week will focus on taking that story to the state capitol to help change the education landscape in Missouri.

Come learn how to make the most out of a day at the state capitol.

You’ll leave knowing how to prepare for a day trip, when it’s effective to go, what to expect while you’re there and how to follow up from your trip so you won’t be forgotten.

Make sure your elected officials are working for you!

All workshops will be held from 6-8 pm with dinner provided.


Summit Preparatory Academy, 202 E Walnut Lawn St, Springfield, MO 65807

Monday, Jan. 13 – Tell Your Story!

Monday, Jan. 20 – A Trip To The Capitol

Kansas City

St Pius X High School, 1500 NE 42nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64116

Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Tell Your Story

Tuesday, Jan. 21 – A Trip To The Capitol


Campus Lutheran Church, 304 S College Ave
Columbia, MO 65201

Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Tell Your Story

Thursday, Jan. 22 – Tell Your Story

St. Louis

Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr., St. Louis, MO 63119

Wednesday, Jan. 16 – A Trip To The Capitol

Thursday, Jan. 23 – A Trip To The Capitol

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