WEST JEFFERSON — Elected officials, legislative candidates, county commissioner candidates and school board personnel were at Ashe County High School on Tuesday as part of the Legislators in the Classroom Week initiative at schools all across North Carolina April 18-22
This is the first year of such an event and has been well-received by schools and legislative members throughout the state.
“This is kind of my vision coming to life. We wanted to get legislative members into classrooms to meet with teachers to become familiar with each other and to make contact, especially with the legislative session starting next week,” said Keana Triplett, who has been one of the main organizers for the event. Triplett, who was the 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year from Ashe County High School, worked with other regional teachers and principals to put this plan to action.
There were four groups of elected officials and commissioner candidates that were led by ACHS students to tour through several classrooms, seeing what teachers and students are doing throughout the day.
Those in attendance got to see all different age levels and class subjects in action, everything from English, math, social studies and science classes to JROTC, art, welding and nursing classes.
Educations issues are always a hot-button topic in the North Carolina General Assembly. The hope is that this event will reinforce the importance of public education throughout the state.
“It’s a great time for them (legislators) to be thinking about us and remembering us as they head into their summer session,” said Triplett.
The event even had its own social media hashtag, #TakeNCGA2Class.
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