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Proviso East Students Get Civics Lesson from a True Civic Leader

January 27, 2012 10:00 AM
Maywood, IL...Each year Proviso East civics students participate in the Mikva Challenge, a learning initiative that helps develop the next generation of civic leaders, activists and policy makers. Mikva teaches students about government, the political process, and how they fit into the world around them. This week, students involved in the Mikva Challenge received a special lesson from their very own 7th District Congressman, Danny K. Davis.

"In order for our society to be livable, there must be rules, rights, and ways of doing things," he explained to students in first period civics. "We have to have rules and regulations. People elect politicians to help make and enforce those rules. Our country starts at one place, and changes keep occurring."

The congressman spoke with students about the role of the legislative branch of government, the appropriation of funds, taxes, advocacy, and how they can become a part of the civic process. He also stressed the importance of education.

"Education is so valuable," said Davis. "The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. Still, all you have to do is decide what you want to do. There are no limits to what you can do individually."

The students listened, asked questions, and even encouraged the congressman to discuss his views on life, studying, and working toward success.

PECivics2"The congressman was really good," said Proviso East senior, Arshaun Goodman. "He was inspirational. We learned more about how laws are made. We know more about his role, where he came from, and how he serves our community. We really received more information about civics and politics by him coming here."

Each year, Proviso East’s social studies department chair, Ms. May-Hartwell, comes up with more exciting ways for students to learn civics. The focus remains on actively engaging students, offering them opportunities to participate in the political process, helping them understand their roles and how government and democracy shape their lives.

Thank you, Congressman Davis! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.


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