ANGOLA, NY - Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) recently spoke to seventh and eighth grade students at Lake Shore Middle School in Angola. This visit came at the request of eighth graders, who wrote to the Congressman with their questions and concerns as a classroom assignment for their government class.
In a letter to Congressman Higgins that accompanied letters from the students, School Social Studies teacher Mr. Keith Dash wrote, “It is sad that most of my students feel that their representatives in Washington are untouchable and will not respond to their concerns. I attempt each year to convince students that they must participate in the governing process now, as well as in the future, but the majority of the students are skeptics.”
“Now is an important time for these young people to learn valuable lessons about their role in the participatory democracy that makes this Country great,” said Congressman Higgins. “As a father, a former teacher and a practitioner of government, it was my pleasure to share my experiences with the fantastic students at Lake Shore Middle.”
Congressman Higgins spoke to students assembled in the auditorium about his school days, what it is like to be a new member of Congress and the important role they each will play in shaping the next generation.
During the visit, Principal Scott Smith welcomed Congressman Higgins and several students gave the Congressman poems they had written about why government is important to them.