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PSHS students “virtually” experience life of an elected official

Plainfield South High School students in Dan Shuman’s AP Government class got the chance to experience a day in the life of United States Representative Lauren Underwood on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Underwood hosted a virtual town hall meeting and invited high school students from her legislative district.

Shuman, who also teaches world geography, said the students were not required to attend the town hall. Students also could reach out to a politician of their choice and ask questions about their job instead of attending the Underwood event.

Underwood hosted the event from her Washington, D.C. office and talked about what she does in a typical day.

She also answered questions from students and left the call temporarily to vote on the House floor.

“It was a really worthwhile experience for kids to be able to see a (congressional) representative in action,” Shuman said.

Local and national government officials occasionally visit District 202 schools in person to talk about their jobs and government. The virtual town hall was a way for students to have a similar opportunity during remote learning, Shuman said.

PSHS juniors Olivia Kardadi and Kabreah Leigh Gunter attended the virtual event.

The event was interesting and informative, Kardadi and Gunter said.

“I have always found government interesting, but I never had any direct insight before,” Kardadi said.

The virtual town hall revealed how much work congressional representatives do to make laws to help citizens, Gunter said.

“I definitely think this was a good idea to do during remote learning,” she said. “It brought the feel of going on field trips or attending school assemblies to remote learning.”

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