Start a petition (for school)

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If you've got a great idea or you're not satisfied with a certain rule or regulation imposed by the school board, starting a petition is a great way to show the administrators that you have a large group of supporters willing to back you up. Any good idea you have that might improve the well-being or contentment of the student body as a whole, whether it's making changes to the dress code, allowing more bathroom breaks, providing certain food choices in the cafeteria or changing the start time for school, are fair game for petitioning.

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How to Start a School Petition

  1. 1
    Decide on the goal you're trying to achieve by writing your petition.
    Before you get started, there are a few things you should consider. If you feel strongly about an issue and you think others feel the same, contact the school officials (principal, vice principal, etc.) to find out how many signatures you would need for a change to take place through your petition. Be ambitious, but remember that your goal should be something that's achievable through a specific, concrete action. If you and only a few friends feel strongly about the issue but you don't believe anyone will follow, keep in mind that your petition might not get the results you want. Even if this is the case, remember that it is possible to change the minds of people that never would have considered beforehand if you include the right information and get your voice heard. If your idea seems like something that would benefit many students, go ahead with your plan and start writing your petition.
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  2. 2
    Format your petition.
    You should type out your petition since it looks more professional and easy to read. You can find several petition templates online that you can fill out and print, so it's very easy to get started. If you choose to create your own, start by including something along the lines of "Petition to (goal you wish to achieve)" at the top of the page. This should be in a larger, bold font than the body of the petition.
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    Write the body of your petition.
    It's always best to be clear, concise and to the point. Most people are busy or distracted, therefore, they might not take the time to read all of the details and sign the petition if it's too wordy or confusing. In the first paragraph, clearly state what you're trying to change, then list a few reasons why it's beneficial. People want to hear about the positive results of supporting a cause, so make sure those are clearly listed. Try using bullet points to list short and easy-to-read facts about the issue. Write in a brief, business-like tone so potential supporters and officials will take your petition seriously. Try to limit yourself to one paragraph, but two or even three might be necessary if the petition is related to a bigger, more complex situation. Before you print out the petition, be sure to check and re-check all spelling and grammar. Poor grammar and spelling mistakes are often enough to turn people off from signing your petition, even if they support your cause.
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    Print out copies of your petition and enlist the help of your friends.
    Print out several copies of your petition, as well as a few pages of paper with grid lines for each copy of the petition so people can sign it. Take the copies of your petition to your friends and ask them to sign it. If they feel strongly about the proposed changes, ask them to help you gather signatures. Give them copies of the petition and let them know how many signatures you're trying to achieve. Get permission from a teacher or school official to post copies of the petition on bulletin boards in common areas of the school for students to sign. It's also a good idea to encourage parents to sign the petition since school administrators value the opinion of students' parents. If teachers will sign the petition, that's an added bonus. Branch out to all the other students in your school, and you'll likely gather enough signatures to prompt action.
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    After you've reached your signature goal, gather all of the signed petitions and hand them into a school official, such as the dean, principal or vice principal.
    He or she will read over your petition and from there, hand it over to the school board so they can review the petition and get the ball rolling on the changes that you request. Congratulations! You've successfully achieved your goal.
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Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • Online petitioning is a great way to find supporters quickly. Create a petition on a site such as and share through your email and social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Once you have all the signatures required, email or print them out and deliver them to the school administrators.
  • In some cases, it's possible to be suspended or expelled if you're petitioning for something controversial or not in the best interest of the students or the school. Think it through carefully before proceeding with your idea.
  • Avoid writing negative statements, offensive language, consequences of inaction or threats on your petition. Avoid being over-emotional, as well. Don't harass or bully people into signing your petition, since this will likely backfire and get you into trouble.
  • Avoid over-explanations and wordiness. Too many details and exaggerations can disinterest potential signers. If they want more information or have questions about the petition, you can explain the answers verbally.

Why You Should Start a Petition


Starting a petition is a great way to encourage peaceful activism and make every voice count, without resorting to violent protests or rule-breaking that may result in suspension, expulsion or even trouble with the law. It typically won't cost you any money at all, which also makes it very easy to get started. You can use a petition to bring about real changes with only a pen and a piece of paper, as long as you have enough people willing to sign it. You can even utilize online petition sites to quickly spread the word about your idea. Regardless of the method you choose, creating a petition is a great way to get the school administration to notice how you and your supporters feel about an issue and take action accordingly.

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How old do you have to be to write a petition at school?

There is no specific age requirement for writing a petition in your school. The obvious things that will need to be established are whether the person understands the petition they are writing in terms of the goals. If the goals or issues are not understood by the person, then he or she should not write the petition. Anyone of any age can write a petition, as long as they understand the issues. They will not be ignored if they are too young. For example, a 13-year-old can petition the change of the senior prom theme (even though they are not going to prom or even involved with the prom). If you have an issue and want to be heard, you can be heard at any age as long as you can understand and back up your goals for the petition.

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Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

If you wanted to petition the prom theme how would you start?

Prom now: Colors - Blue, Green, Pearl Prom later: Masquerade

You will start by first going to your principal or school board to figure out how many signatures are needed in order to be recognized for a change. Once you find out that number, depending on your school board's rules, you can then venture out to students in order to collect their names and signatures for your petition.

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Can I please get an urgent petition for my school examination office?

My tertiary U.D.S has posted new examination results with my ID. no. highlighted as repeated. This I plead is not in my favor because a student is not to trail 4 courses and above in a giving academic year else repeats and or is being withdrawn. My problem is I trailed 1 course in the 2nd trimester of my" first year" and then another course in my 1st trimester "second year". Now, new results on the notice includes me as repeated student with my trailed courses from first year till date of making the 4 trailed courses penalty target. Thank you.

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How do we get the school to change the issues that are making the students struggle?

I attend a college in Nashville Tn. There is a consensus among the student that the courses are being taught out of order; there is a lack of like-minded individuals in the class because of the way the educational program is laid out as a whole; the prices are outstanding and the payoff is so little; we are not offered books in classes that are impossible to do without one. We are signed up for brick and mortar classes that are changed to hybrid without use of the word hybrid because they use this as an excuse to shorten the classes but that in itself make the course load more and we are struggling because we feel as though this school and its practices are not geared towards the end result of getting us hired in our respective fields but them making as much money as possible. We want this to change.. I have tried: Talking to the teachers and faculty. I think it was caused by: The school's practices

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What the steps to starting a petition in school?

I really want to start a petition in school for lockers. My school has lockers but the principle won't let us use them. Due to all of our books and supplies, it is heavy on my back and I'm having back pains that are keeping me up at night. this is my first years at this school and I believe it needs to be done thank you for reading and I hope you can help me.

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See more questions like this: I would like to start a petition, but I don't know how to tell students at my school about it?

Starting a Petition to change a teacher?

I have a math teacher that does not teach well and many people has suggested that we change her. How do I start a petition. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: She can't teach

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How do we make our petition effective?

Our favorite teacher isn't getting his contract back next year

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How many signatures do I need to get kids in-expelled?

I'm trying to get 2 kids that got expelled back in school because they got expelled for not a good reason

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I want to send a petition to the leaders of the all the schools in the county. How can I do that?

So next year when I go to high school my teacher said they will be changing the SOL tests. She said that during the sol test you can't go back to any questions and you can't move forward to the next question until you answered it. Once you answer it you can't go back and everyone in my school thinks its unfair. How do I start a petition to change this? Please help.. I have tried: Nothing yet. I think it was caused by: I don't know. Maybe some kids were cheating in the last SOL test.

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How do we use a complete petition?

What if I help start a petition but the school board disapproves of it? Where should I go? What should I do? Our issue is; the game site that we used for years has been blocked for some reason by the school board, we have nothing else to do during that school time anymore when we are finished with our classes, especially when it is too late to start another... This is a serious issue to us students and we have started the petition already, but when we present it, is there anything we need to worry about?. I have tried: We have tried to start the petition to combat the recent issue, we have started signing and already have over 100 signs in under 3 hours. I think it was caused by: Teachers were not watching over the kids and the students were playing games instead of doing classwork.

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I want to start a school soccer team?

Would a petition work to start a soccer team?. I have tried: I've asked a couple of friends.. I think it was caused by: We don't have a team

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