Fairfield students participate in government event

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At the recent government event presented by Optimum Power to Learn and News 12, along with participating students from Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe high schools, are, from left, Cablevision Area Director of Government Affairs Adam Falk, Fairfield Ludlowe High School Headmaster Greg Hatzis, Fairfield Schools Secondary Curriculum Leader for Social Studies Gregg Pugliese, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, News 12 News Director/Anchor Tom Appleby and Fairfield Warde High School Headmaster David Ebling.

AP Government students from Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe high schools recently explored the structure of the federal government through a program offered by Cablevision’s Power to Learn, in conjunction with News 12. Participating in the program were U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and News 12 Connecticut News Director Tom Appleby.

Following opening remarks by Fairfield Ludlowe High School Headmaster Greg Hatzis and Appleby, the program focused on the students’ exploration of the role of government.

Blumenthal and Appleby discussed the subject matter with students. Fairfield Warde AP Government teacher Amy MacIntosh then spoke about the students’ involvement with the program and preparation for the debate.

Presentations by eight Fairfield Warde and eight Fairfield Ludlowe AP Government students included an “Introduction to Federalism” and debates on “Same Sex Marriage,” “Education” and “Voting Rights.” Ten students then participated in a Q&A with Blumenthal and Appleby.

“Students should understand how federal, state and local governments operate so they can become active, knowledgeable participants in our democracy,” Blumenthal said. “The creative and comprehensive presentations here today demonstrate the educational value of Cablevision’s Power to Learn. I commend Cablevision and News 12 for making this important program available.”

“News 12, in conjunction with Power to Learn, is pleased to present educational programs that engage young people,” Appleby said. “We look forward to helping students fulfill their potential by providing them with the latest information on politics and current events.”

“Cablevision is pleased to partner with News 12 in bringing this comprehensive program to the students at Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe high schools,” said Jennifer Ostrager, Cablevisions’s vice president of public affairs. “At Power to Learn, it is our mission to provide schools in each of the areas we serve with state-of-the-art technology and programs such as this to facilitate learning.”

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