On October 19, 2018, the annual 8th grade Public Policy Convention was held at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. Each year this project empowers students to take an active role in their community, and make their own "civic imprints."
In their Social Students classes, students learned about local government, as well as how and why policies, specifically at the local level, are created. Then they were asked to identify a "problem" within the City of Summit and develop a plan to solve it.
Student groups surveyed residents of Summit to determine the importance of their "problems," created problem statements, charted survey results, wrote literature reviews, policy proposals, letters to city officials, and designed action plans. Topics included parking problems, streets and sidewalks, road repair and maintenance, installation of bike lanes, dog parks, shuttle service to the train station, snow removal, air conditioning in schools, and more.
"The Summit Public Policy Project is one of my favorite projects of the year," said LCJSMS teacher Laurie McCormack. "It naturally empowers students to not only learn about their town, but also to become thoughtful, active citizens."
City officials and the Summit community as a whole are extremely supportive of this project and look forward to it every year. In attendance were Superintendent June Chang, HR Director Matt Block, BOE President Deb McCann, Councilman David Naidu, Councilman Matt Gould, Director of Education Jennifer McCann, Assistant Director of Education Michelle Cebula, LCJSMS Principal Donna Gallo, and LCJSMS Assistant Principals Alicia Subervi and John Ciferni.
Special thanks to the following LCJSMS teachers: Laurie McCormack, Dan Miller, Theresa Martin, Gina Tarabocchia, Steffany Baptiste-Bosco, Brooke Simandl, Dan DeMarco, Beth Thomas and Karen Doherty. #gohilltoppers