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Check Out the 2019 #Thankful4Pell Campaign Highlights

Monday, December 2, 2019  
Posted by: Kelly Mae Ross, Communications Manager
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The sixth annual #Thankful4Pell advocacy campaign is in the books. The 2019 campaign ran Nov. 18-22, and a number of NCAN members and other supporters took to the Interwebs to express appreciation for Pell Grants to the elected officials who make funding decisions about this crucial need-based aid program.

The campaign was social media based this year, and the main goal was to tweet at members of Congress. In all, 118 federal elected officials across 29 states and the District of Columbia were tagged in #Thankful4Pell messages.

We’d like to give a special shout-out to Florida for being far and away the most active state this year. Florida members and partners tagged Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott in 30 #Thankful4Pell tweets.

Two members of Congress – Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) – tweeted using the hashtag.

In a second #Thankful4Pell tweet, Sen. Reed noted that Nov. 22 – the last day of the #Thankful4Pell campaign – would have been Sen. Claiborne Pell's 101st birthday. We couldn't believe this coincidence.

During the month of November, the #Thankful4Pell hashtag was used 1,575 times (tweets and retweets). On Nov. 20, the day of the #Thankful4Pell Twitter chat, you all used the hashtag a whopping 806 times. Well done, team!

We’ve collected a small sampling (below) of tweets from the campaign. You can scroll through the #Thankful4Pell hashtag on Twitter to see many more messages about Pell Grants and the effect they've had on generations of students.

Thank you again to all who took the time to participate in the campaign – your efforts make a difference for current and future students.