Many of you will need to draft a document that will persuade people to see your point of view. Some tips as you search for information sources:
You have an idea. Make sure it is described clearly.
Establish the Need. Are there local sources of information? Contact city departments, local organizations, business owners, the local news paper, and anyone who might be a credible or noteworthy source of information. You need to let your audience know that not is your idea a very good one, but there is a real need. What is the need? Can you find evidence of the need either locally, statewide, or nationally? All three? For example, we need a good skatepark in Salisbury. Example: Police report issuing 117 tickets to skateboarders within the past two years. Skateboarders are being penalized for doing something they like to do because there is no where to do it.
Who Benefits? How will your idea benefit the community, schools, Maryland, business in Salisbury, people who are underserved, etc? Who and how does your idea help?
Outside Sources of Information: Search the library. These sources might come from books and articles that describe what has been done in another town, state, country. Example: A description of a crossing guard program in another county will demonstrate that the issue is important. When presenting your idea to Salisbury government representatives, describing what an nearby town has already done can be a very positive example of what is possible.
From the Baltimore Times newspaper: http://baltimoretimes-online.com/news/2013/jun/27/baltimore-city-student-receives-outstanding-school/
From one of our Library databases: Journal Article: Crossing Guards: A Safety Patrol Program at a Residential School for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. Practice Report By: Besden, Cheryl, Crow, Nita, Delgado Greenberg, Maya, Finkelstein, Gerri, Shrieves, Gary, Vickroy, Marcia, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 0145482X, 20050401, Vol. 99, Issue 4