Each year, 7th Grade holds a Town Hall meeting during which they present proposed legislation. As part of the Town Hall last spring, Mrs. Gordon’s Civics class (now 8th graders, Class of 2022) wrote letters to Massachusetts State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who represents the 3rd Hampshire District, and submitted their legislation ideas.
In response to the letters, Rep. Goldstein-Rose paid Middle School a visit last week. “We need more young people to get involved in politics,” he said. He also illustrated another important point: “There is no entity called government. It’s a system made up of all of us.”
Students were engaged–and Rep. Goldstein-Rose was engaging. Head of Middle School Darcy Albanese said he “was very relatable to our students. He shared an important message with them: that they are not too young to have influence and impact on what is happening in Massachusetts and beyond.” Youth empowerment is a key element in Rep. Goldstein-Rose’s platform. Because one of the tenets of our Middle School is finding and using your voice, his talk was particularly resonant.
Head of School Steve Griffin spoke to the educational benefit of community partnership. “It’s great to see our teachers taking the initiative to partner with our community,” he said. “Having our students write letters to Mr. Goldstein-Rose, and having him respond by coming to speak to them in class, makes the study of civics more interesting and authentic to them.”