May 16: A Day of Advocacy for Public Education

On May 16, educators from across North Carolina will gather in downtown Raleigh for a Day of Advocacy, including a 10am March and a 3:30pm Rally.  Over 10,000 people are planning to attend this historic event.  AFAR supports the teachers and public school advocates, and we encourage families to wear #RedforEd and attend the march or the rally if possible. The ultimate goal is to elect more pro-public education leaders in North Carolina to return our state back to a beacon for public schools.  For more information, please refer to

School systems around the triangle will be closed on May 16 because of the large numbers of teachers that have taken personal days to attend the event.  Many organizations are offering childcare on Wednesday.  Please scroll down for a list of childare options, compiled by Stephanie Lormond.

Why Do We March and Rally During Advocacy Day?

According to the NCAE, North Carolina is one of the worst in the country in the amount our elected leaders spend per student, about $2,400 behind the national average. Imagine what $2,400 per child could mean for our students and their future. However, we have the lowest corporate tax rate in the country for states that have one—and it’s set to go lower again.

North Carolina ranks 37th for teacher pay, about $9,600 behind the national average.  When adjusting for inflation, educators are losing money (almost 12 percent)—the third worst in the country.

Our students deserve better. They deserve resources to help make them successful. They deserve professionally paid educators. They deserve safe schools and schools that are not crumbling and in disrepair. We love our public schools and we deserve better!


May 16th is a big day.  It will be a great day of solidarity for public school educators and advocates, it will be filled with powerful moments, and we will call for action from our elected leaders. But May 16th is the beginning. It’s the beginning of a six month stretch of time to hold our elected leaders accountable for prioritizing corporate tax cuts, instead of our classrooms. The ultimate goal is elected more pro-public education leaders in North Carolina to return our state back to a beacon for public schools.

Broadly, we will be expecting five things from our elected leaders:

  • Significant investment in per-pupil spending so our students have the resources to be successful.
  • A multi-year professional pay plan for educators, education support professionals, administrators and all other school personnel. This plan must include restoration of compensation for advanced degree and longevity. The plan must also stop the flat-lining of experienced educator’s pay.
  • Investing in the health and well-being of our students and making schools safer through increased school nurses, counselors, social workers and other support personnel and expansion of Medicaid to improve the health of our communities.
  • Fix our crumbling schools and large class sizes with a Statewide School Construction Bond.
  • Prioritize Classrooms and Not Corporate Board Rooms.

Schedule for May 16 Advocacy Day

  • 9:45am Meet at NCAE Headquarters, 700 S. Salisbury St. (be here no later than 9:45)
  • 10:00am March for Students (from NCAE to Legislative Bldg, about 25 min).
  • 10:45am Enter Legislative Bldg and start assembling on 3rd Floor. This may take a little longer than usual with new metal detectors upon entry.
  • 12:00pm General Assembly convenes. We want our members in the galleries.
  • 1:00pm Time to make appointments with your local representative and lunch on your own.
  • 3:00pm Start assembling on Bicentennial Plaza across from the Legislative Building for Rally for Respect.
  • 3:30pm Rally for Respect begins.
  • 4:30pm Rally concludes and participants can start making their way back to NCAE Headquarters by foot or by using the R-Line which picks up at Jones and Wilmington.

Additional information and updates can be found on the NCAE webpage here:


Childcare and food options for May 16 

compiled by Stephanie Lormond:



BOYS and GIRLS CLUB will be open to its members!

Camp Rooster
~30 camp options listed. Go to the little calendar that says "upcoming" and select May 16 for start and end dates. Then you can see what is near you on the map!

Parks and Rec Track- out Camp:

Raleigh Parks and Rec Track Out camps-

Giggles Drop-In Childcare of Raleigh
6504 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 150
Raleigh, NC 27615

10320 Durant Road 919.847.8407

Raleigh : Oberlin Road
1028 Oberlin Road, Suite 242
Raleigh, NC 27605

Flower Power Kids Cooking

St Ambrose Episcopal Church’s “Day Of Care” 
9-3 Wednesday, free childcare plus breakfast and lunch.
Volunteers are needed to help supervise the students and serve Breakfast and Lunch. Parents may register their students at…/1FAIpQLSfW8od6eRnUe5JHZH…/viewform

Wanda's Little Hands
6:30am- 8:30pm $45 (breakfast provided, parents responsible for lunch)

Rate is $69/day. Email them:

NEW: Apex Parks and Rec Department added drop-in camps!

Arts Academy of Apex
612 NC Hwy 751 Apex, NC 27523 \ 919.323.2219

XL SportsWorld
1016 Investment Blvd, Apex, NC 27502
Phone: (919) 387-2955

Bounce U
3419 Apex Peakway, Apex, NC 27502
(919) 303-3368

Kool Kidz drop-in
Phone: (919)439-3342
Address: 806 Perry Road, Apex, NC 27502

S’kids drop-in
5160 Sunset Lake Rd #111, Apex, NC 27539
(919) 362-5445

TPANC Track Out/Baseball Camp-- APEX location only


Bond Park Community Center
Bond Park School’s Out Camp (Age 5-11)
May 16 | 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Phone: 919-462-3970…/camp-information-track-out-summer-a…

Art for the Fun of It (Age K5-9)
May 16 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy a day of amazing art projects while you make art just for the fun of it!

It Happens in the Spring (Age 10-14)
May 16 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
It's getting warmer, the flowers are blooming, and the bees are buzzing! What else can you think of that happens in the spring?

Harrison Pointe Shopping Center
Address: 267 Grande Heights Dr, Cary, NC 27513
Phone: (919) 468-1001

Harry Potter (Age 5-10)
May 16 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
If you like Harry Potter, you are going to LOVE this day! Experience the world of wizardry in a very fun way! You might just discover the chamber of secrets and unlock a new kind of fun!

NEW: MIDDLE CREEK Community Center:
Youth Basketball Skills Clinic (Age 7-15)
May 16 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Designed to help the athletes get moving. Basketball fundamentals is the foundation of this training. The focus will be learning through game play with skill development. Great for helping your recreation basketball team improve or tune up their skills.

Allen’s Taekwondo
Day camp for kids on the 16th, 
$30 for the day, kids will need to bring a lunch (no peanuts). 
Call for details: (919) 467-5425.

Science Fun for Everyone
The Science Lab Location
111 James Jackson Ave, #131
Cary, NC 27513

NEW: Action Sports Camp (Age 5 & up)
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sk8-Cary- one-day camp for all action sports.…/facilities/sk8-cary

Zaniac Parkside - 9a to 4p, $89

Avery Street Recreation Center…/…/school-s-out-days/2144


NEW: Crazy Glaze. 9-4 is $40 and 8-6 is $50.

Holly Springs Parks and Rec-- for their *current* before/after and track-out kids ONLY.

Active Tracks Camp

Bryson's Play Room- $50
132 West Holly Springs Rd.
Holly Springs, NC 27540

Tumble Gym
Tumble Gym in Holly Springs

Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex will have a day camp in Holly Springs.


Heritage Kids Drop off:

Young's Gym had 14 openings at 1:33 pm 5/8

NEW: MVP Sports Factory in Wake Forest-- Full day sports camp for $20
1839-360 South Main St., over the phone 919-453-1503, or in person at the main office. It's for ages 5 to 12.…/4174618-school-s-out-day…

BLUE: 34 schools open from 10-12:30 for meal opportunities on #May16.
YELLOW: In-school food pantries, will be stocked for students before #May16
GREEN: Nonprofit/volunteers providing meals in the gaps.

Mobile Tastiness Machine will be at Casa Del Sol, 4009 Deep Hollow Drive, Raleigh NC 27612 from 5-7 p.m. May 16. For children up to 18 years of age who need a hot, healthy meal.