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.
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.
Tomorrow (Nov. 22) would’ve been U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell’s 101st birthday. Please RT if you benefited from a need-based #PellGrant, which helped countless students pay for college & build a brighter future. #thankful4Pell
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.
David Mesta is #Thankful4Pell because he's avoiding student debt through the grant program! Thank you for sharing, David, and we are thankful to have you as a LeadMN student! pic.twitter.com/cHideAQTMK