Stu­dents write let­ters to the next U.S. pres­i­dent

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

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.

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