HENDERSON — N.C. Rep. Frank Sossamon visited Vance Charter School on March 17 to give two talks to crowds of first and fourth graders upon the invitation by the school’s administration.
He spoke about the importance of getting involved with the community and encouraged students to do so. He also explained the state government’s structure and how its mechanisms affect the students’ daily lives — by way of example, he described the process needed to pass a bill requiring that schools serve candy bars to students.
The kids got a chance to ask questions about on the legislative process and the importance of voting.
As a parting gift, each student was presented an interactive booklet and an illustration of the General Assembly building and the North Carolina state flag. He also gave his card to his young constituents, in case they have any ideas for bills.
The idea was to “get them to start thinking, how can we better our community? How can we better our school,” Sossamon said. “... It was a very, very productive day at Vance Charter.”
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to speak with these bright young students about the importance of civic engagement,” said Sossamon in a press release. “It is never too early to start getting involved in your community and making a difference. I hope my visit has inspired them to become active citizens and stay engaged in the political process.
“Also, as a member of the Education K-12 committee, I think it’s a wonderful experience to come and visit schools in our district and see the challenges our educators are facing and discuss ways that Raleigh can help them overcome those challenges. It is a major priority of mine to support our schools and young people in every way possible whether that be here in the district or back in Raleigh.”
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