Senator Lesser Interviewed by Ludlow Middle Schoolers for C-SPAN’s annual “StudentCam” Contest

LUDLOW — Senator Eric P. Lesser sat down for interviews with students at Ludlow’s Paul R. Baird Middle School on Dec. 14 for their entry into C-SPAN’s annual “StudentCam” contest.

The students asked Senator Lesser various questions on topics chosen by their class: immigration, gun violence prevention and women’s rights and equal pay. This is Senator Lesser’s third year participating with Baird Middle School for their contest entry.

“I was so excited to sit down with students at Baird Middle School again, and so impressed by their sharp questions. It is vital that we prepare our students for active civic participation from a young age, transforming their civics education to civic action through classroom projects. That is why I am glad Baird takes on this project each year, and why I introduced legislation to encourage civic education throughout Massachusetts. A healthy democracy needs citizens to be well-informed and engaged, and that begins with educating our young citizens,” said Senator Lesser.

Under Senator Lesser’s bill, introduced this session, an “action civics project” would be required of all students at least once in elementary school and at least once in high school. This could include projects such as proposing legislation to solve community issues, helping to register people to vote or testifying in a public hearing.

The bill, S. 278, would also create a voluntary pilot program for school districts to use and test a curriculum on news media literacy, with the ultimate goal of requiring that news media literacy be taught in all Massachusetts schools. Senator Lesser testified on the bill before the Joint Committee on Education in June.

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Senator Eric P. Lesser sat down for interviews with students at Ludlow’s Paul R. Baird Middle School on Dec. 14 for their entry into C-SPAN’s annual “StudentCam” contest. Students asked various questions on topics chosen by their class: immigration, gun violence prevention and women’s rights and equal pay.

This is Senator Lesser’s third year participating with Baird Middle School for their entry into C-SPAN’s annual “StudentCam” contest.

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