2018-05-10 / Community

Laker principal invites Rep. Canfield to talk to students


Courtesy photo Courtesy photo PIGEON - Recently, on Monday, March 26, Laker High School student council members and class representatives met with Rep. Edward Canfield, D.O., (R-Sebewaing) to talk about the legislative process - how a bill becomes a law - and school safety.

Rep. Canfield said a great way to have one’s voice heard is to call or write one’s local state representative and senator and the governor. He said it’s important for people to voice their concerns and ideas - even if the state legislature doesn’t take action on the matter.

Rep. Canfield talked with students about ideas on how to make schools safer and he said he agreed with the recent action by the Laker school board to hire a security officer. He also shared some of the most pressing issues facing the state, including the opioid epidemic.

Having Rep. Canfield talk with the students came about when Secondary School Principal Jon Good met with the student council and asked them if they wanted to organize a discussion about school safety in light of the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“The main thing is we are trying to take a pro-active approach and teach students how to go about having their voice heard in the appropriate way,” Mr. Good said. “We want to use this as a teachable moment about the democratic process.”

Other school administrators said the meeting with Rep. Canfield allowed students to experience how policy change is supposed to work - beginning with an idea and working through local government officials to take their voice forward.

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