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Chicopee Students Get First Hand Experience About Government

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB)– Eighth graders from the Fairview Middle School spent Friday morning holding up signs and asking for change in Chicopee.

The “protest” was all part of their social studies class.

Every year, students from the school learn how a bill becomes law by creating their own.

“The kids write a bill and then they try to get that bill passed so now they are petitioning and protesting to try to get support from the community,” explains their teacher, Sharon St. Pierre.

The students in this class wrote two bills: one asking for changes to the school dress code, and the other to bring back a life prep class.

“They want to bring back the sewing, the culinary things like that,” St. Pierre adds.

After learning about the different branches of government, the class is divided into a mock House and Senate where they debate potential bills.

For these students, they say it makes them feel like no matter their age, they can make a difference in their community.

“Before this…I’m 14…what do I have in the community? I can’t really say anything, but this kind of gives me my voice. It shows me that I can do something,” said eighth grader Michael Sergneri

The students will now work on gaining signatures for their petitions in the community.


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