Welcome, Mr. Mayor!
It’s part of what fourth-grade students in Ohio are expected to learn – how citizens can participate in their government. But at Loveland Elementary School (LES) Teacher Andy Price turned a standard assignment into a creative opportunity for Tiger Growth; his students became the citizens who actively participate in government – writing letters to elected officials.
“We wanted the students to learn that they have a voice in our government,” explained Price. “The students thought of some questions or concerns that they had about what they see here in Loveland or in our country as a whole. We had some students who wrote a letter to the mayor of Loveland, some who wrote to the governor of Ohio, and even some who wrote to the president of the United States.”
Their voice was heard.
Tuesday, Nov. 22, Loveland Mayor Mark Fitzgerald was at the head of Mr. Price’s class – requesting to address the concerns students expressed in person. Price said the past three years he has done this activity this was the first in-person response the students have gotten. Typically the students do receive responses, but they are usually standard letters.
“The students were very excited to learn that the Mayor Fitzgerald not only read their letters, but wanted to come and meet with them in person,” said Price. “I think his gesture made a huge impact on their learning. They got to see that elected officials do read their letters and care about their opinions and that they do have a voice in our government. I'm sure it will be one of those moments that the students will always remember about fourth grade.”
Photo caption: Loveland Mayor Mark Fitzgerald spoke to students at LES Tuesday, Nov. 22, after receiving letters from the students as part of a social studies lesson on government participation.