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High School Students Learn Lessons of Civic Engagement

High School Students Learn Lessons of Civic Engagement

As part of the Longwood High School Seal of Civic Readiness Program and College and Career Pathways, local representatives from civics and all levels of government visited with students to share the importance of community engagement as well as provide valuable information on future career opportunities.

Coordinated by the Social Studies Department and the Board of Education Legislative Committee, more than 1,400 students in 50 classes met with 17 representatives to discuss the various roles of government and how students can become active members of their community.

Students participated in active question-and-answer discussions, which addressed the many obstacles, challenges, and opportunities that have led many officials to serve. Additionally, more than 25 student government leaders and members of the Legislative Committee served as greeters, photographers, and guides for the day.

“The Social Studies Department is proud to provide this multi-layered approach for student-centered engagement,” said Social Studies Department Chair Dan Tapia. “Legislator’s Day is an example of empowering students, as well as how to build stronger communities through public service.”

Special thank you to our speakers Senators Anthony H. Palumbo and Dean Murray; Assembly representatives Jodi Giglio, Joe P. DeStefano, and Edward Flood; Legislators Jim Mazzarella and Dominick Thorn; Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine; Town Council members Michael Loguercio, Dan Panico, and Jane Bonner; Undersheriff Steven Kuehlas, Assistant Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator Owen Durney; Longwood Alliance President Gail Bailey, and Longwood Board Vice President Daniel Tomaszewski for joining us.  

Thank you also to Peter Ganley, a representative for Congressman LaLota, and Dorothy Cavalier, Chief of Staff for Legislator Anker, for their attendance.