The results are in!

Who said it?

Who said it?

Earlier this week we told you about BondFest, the huge student-led rally in Yakima in support of the schools bond that went to the vote on Tuesday (news coverage here!). Well, apparently we weren’t the only ones who liked it – on election day, 68% of Yakima voters voted yes for school funding.

This is huge. This bond has gone before voters twice before, and failed both times. And now, in 2009, a year when everyone is keeping a close eye on their wallets, the bond passed. With flying colors.

So what was different this year? Well, for one, the whole campaign was organized, planned, and executed by students. That’s right. The whole shebang. The rally was just the final, most visible piece of the puzzle. Students knocked on over 7,000 doors, made phone calls, and pulled off a better field plan than many (well-funded) campaigns.

The Bus was honored to be a part of their work – in March Bussers made the cross-Cascade journey to hold a training for the student leaders. We were able to meet students from three Yakima high schools (what’s up Davis/Eisenhower/Stanton?), and give them a crash course in setting up a field plan, recruiting volunteers, and getting the win on election day.

Not only did they create a great campaign plan, but they executed it to the letter. They did what nobody else has been able to do: win. Our hats are off to them – they deserve all the credit in the world.

This is what the Bus is all about – equipping utterly capable young people with the tools to get things done. If you like the Bus (and we hope you do), consider this the gold standard.


3 Responses to “The results are in!”

  1. 1 Wenzilla
    May 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    that is so awesome the bond passed!! I love those youth activists!!!

  2. 2 cookiemonster
    May 21, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Congratulations! That’s SOOOOO great! GIANT kudos to the Bus and Yakima youth!

  3. 3 isitfriday
    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    That is power!

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