Flat MoDE Kids
MoDE parents have spent the past four years advocating at the capitol with their children at their sides. Through it all, MoDE children have learned to advocate for themselves and for their siblings. They have testified at hearings and met with legislators. With COVID, most of our children will not be joining us at the capitol this year in person, but they are still very much a part of our advocacy. We have created Flat MoDE Kids so they can still have their own presence in the building.
What are Flat MoDE Kids?
We invited MoDE families to fill out a survey and send a photo of their children if they wanted to participate in the Flat MoDE Kid activity. These surveys were used to write an introduction letter to a state senator or representative. Each child's photo was turned into a Flat MoDE Kid. Every Missouri legislator received a Flat MoDE Kid and a letter to get to know the child. Every Flat MoDE Kid represents a real child in Missouri.
What do legislators do with the Flat MoDE Kids?
Our hope is that the legislators will take the Flat MoDE kids with them to "see" different parts of their day. Legislators are encouraged to take photos with their Flat MoDE Kids throughout the weeks and post them on social media with the hashtag #FlatMoDE. We will share the photos on MoDE's FB page and Twitter, as well as on this webpage.
Our goal is that through Flat MoDE Kids, new relationships will be created between legislators and MoDE families. We want our children to be able to learn more about the legislative process and see how their advocacy makes a difference. Our legislators will also have a chance to learn about the children that their decisions impact.
Flat MoDE Kid Photo Gallery
Rep. Lewis show Flat McLain around the rotunda.
Flat Paul has a great view of the action on Rep. Travis Smith's door.
Rep. Taylor helps Flat Eliza take her position at the Speaker podium in the House.
Flat MoDE Kids Eliza and Abraham visit Rep. Betsy Fogle and Rep. Emily Weber on the House floor.
Rep. Trish Gunby spends the morning with Flat Sadie on the House floor.
Flat Drace spent the day with Rep. Turnbaugh.
Flat MoDE Kid Catherine on the desk of
Rep. Jo Doll.
Flat MoDE Kid Xavier with Rep. Martha Stevens on the House floor.
Flat MoDE Kid Eliza with Rep. Betsy Fogle on the House floor.