MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Hundreds of Tennessee students got a civics lesson in real time this week during “Students Storm the Hill Day.”
The annual event invited students to visit the state capitol to learn how government works and meet with their representatives.
Dozens of students from across the state and Shelby County attended.
“We got to learn about representatives, and senators and how they actually help us,” Priscila Norman from Westside Middle School told FOX13.
Priscila was one of 26 Frayser students who met with lawmakers on Wednesday.
She said this was her second time going to the capitol with the Frayser Community PTSA.
“They get a chance to meet with their representatives, tell them about their concerns, learn what is going on with the capitol and what’s being considered for education,” said Regenia Dowell, Frayser Community PTSA president.
This PTSA group isn’t just for one school. It’s a group of Frayser community members who are advocating for all Frayser students whether they’re in Shelby County schools or charter schools.
“The Frayser community is concerned about their children, they’re concerned about legislation that’s being passed and they’re there to hold the elected officials accountable," Dowell said.
But during this trip, PTSA members said the students advocated for themselves. Several students talked with representatives Antonio Parkinson and Larry Miller about their own concerns within the district.
Some of the students brought up their schools being damaged and the need for crossing guards.
PTSA members said they also talked with lawmakers about the future of the achievement school district.
The state said they will be transitioning some ASD schools back to the district level over the next two and half years
“They are familiar with their teachers and what’s going on in those schools and a big change would change the trajectory of some of our children. We want them to be safe, we want them to be comfortable so we as a community want to have input on what stays and what goes for our children,” Dowell said.
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