Students write letters to the next U.S. president
need for the rising generation to have a direct voice in government. He argued for As Americans were preparing to elect a Constitutional amendment lowering the a new president in November, AP English age requirement to run for national office Language and Composition students at to 18. Megan Kay asserted, “Putting taxes Spanish Fork High School were tackling on sugary products and drinks could important issues with a writing project be the solution to decreasing obesity and called Letters to the Next President 2.0. consumption rates nationwide.” These students This project allowed the students, and spent several weeks developing their others around the country, to write letters letters through research and discussion. about what really mattered to them in the Letters to the Next President 2.0 is a nationwide election. The letters were to be delivered project sponsored by the National to the next president and published on a Writing Project and KQED along with website. Most students cannot vote, but many other partners. The first Letters to the they were very aware of the election and Next President initiative was held in 2008. the issues that mattered to them as they Spanish Fork High School participated in look toward adulthood. Even though they that project as well. “I love giving my students couldn’t cast a ballot, they could tell the a chance to write to an authentic audience next president exactly what they thought about the things that really matter through this project. to them. Letters to the Next President has
AP Language students at SFHS chose provided that opportunity twice now, and I a variety of topics to write about - everything couldn’t be more proud of the hard work from the cost of higher education and effort that my students have put into to minimum wage, abortion and beyond. their letters so that they could have a voice About the necessity of using GMOs to end in this year’s election,” said Deon Youd, world hunger, Mateen Lomax wrote, “Genetically AP Language teacher at SFHS. Modified Organisms (GMOs) are Check out Letters to the Next President given much more hate than they should. at www.letters2president.org. The site will GMOs can solve many problems that face be available for the public to read the students’ our society, without causing any more letters through the inauguration in harm.” Colby Roberts wrote about the January.