When Tara Peacock, a Social Studies teacher at Parker Junior High School in Chicago, Illinois, reached out to State Rep. Will Davis inviting him to visit the school, Rep. Davis saw it as an opportunity to educate high-schoolers on civic engagement:
“She saw one of my newsletters and wondered if I would be interested in coming to Parker,” he said. “So she reached out to me. That’s what civic engagement is all about.”
During his visit, Rep. Davis informed students about a number of topics ranging from state budgets to passing of bills and encouraged students to get involved and make a difference in their schools and their communities:
“Civic engagement starts now for all of us,” Davis said. “If you know this, you will want to get involved.”
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Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.