Elected officials from state legislatures across the country are participating in a unique program organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures. I am delighted to join this effort which meets with students to teach them about American democracy and the importance of being engaged citizens. Even though they are not old enough to vote, this program provides an interactive presentation to help children learn how government works and how their ideas count.
Schools in the 42nd District were sent letters outlining the initiative and inviting them to have their students participate. I have visited numerous classes already and relayed my experiences as a legislator and taught how that plays a role in our representative democracy. These presentations are designed to teach our young people that their ideas have value and they should become involved in the policy making process. I engage with the students and outline what it is like to be a delegate, the process of making laws, the pressures of making challenging decisions, debates, compromise and responding to constituent concerns.
Some of the schools I have had the opportunity to visit include Hampton Elementary, Stoneleigh Elementary, Ridge Ruxton, Timonium Elementary, St. Paul’s School for Girls, Dumbarton Middle, Pikesville Senior, St. Pius and Calvert Hall. It is fantastic to reach out into the community and provide a civics lesson to these future leaders. The questions are priceless and the time we spend together has been great. I really enjoy it and look forward to coming to other schools.