On Tuesday, February 7th, Grey Kovacs marched down a hallway of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building at the Georgia Capitol. She had a long journey past quiet, glass-fronted offices to reach the workplace of her representative, Stacey Evans of House District 57, where she would deliver a letter advocating for paid family leave. 

Along the way, Grey paused, tossed her blond ponytail, and belted out a series of shrieks, accompanied by some very wet raspberries. 

Grey, it should be noted, is 22 months old. 

And her very age-appropriate behavior was forgiven because this advocacy outing was all about her—and the 630,000-plus other children under five who live in Georgia. The day was called Strolling Thunder and, this was the sixth year in a row that GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students orchestrated this opportunity for families of young children to speak to their legislators with their babies on board.  

Read the full recap here.

Check out photos from the event here.


Did you miss the event? You can still make your voice heard!

A big part of Strolling Thunder is writing a letter to your legislators. Your responses will be turned into a letter and hand-delivered to your legislators. Want to watch a recording of the training? Click here. 

Click here to write your letter.

Need help writing your letters? Check out the sample letters below. 

Click here to view sample letters.