2006-11-09 / Letters to the Editor

Valuable lessons taught by legislators

The Honorable Teresa Paiva- Weed and Honorable Bruce Long put partisanship aside to give students a civics lesson. Together the representatives taught Eighth grade students at the Lawn Avenue School in Jamestown how government fulfills its responsibilities to meet the needs of the people and how citizens can become involved in government. By taking students through the steps of candidacy, students gained an understanding of the procedures that need to be followed to become a candidate listed on the ballot. Using the Station Fire tragedy, they also modeled the responsibility placed on public officials to create public policy that balances resolving a problem without creating other problems. Yet, the most valuable lesson came not in what they said but what they did, for by speaking together they demonstrated how great things can be accomplished for the public good through collaboration, a valuable lesson for developing young adults who have so few models of civic virtue. The Eighth Grade Team would like to extend their thanks to Senator Paiva-Weed and Representative Long for sharing their time and talents.

Maureen McGuirl Eighth Grade history

teacher Jamestown School

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