Senator Rob Wonderling Holds Senator for a Day Program with Area High School Students at DeSales
Senator Rob Wonderling (R-24) held a Senator for a Day program with 100 high school students from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 26, in the McShea Student Union at DeSales University. The student seminar for future leaders is an interactive session designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the legislative process and give them an opportunity to see what it is like to be a Senator for a day. Students serve on committees, develop positions on legislation, debate issues, and learn what it takes to get a law passed or defeated.
In addition to high school students, more than a dozen DeSales students from political science and other academic majors took part in the session. The DeSales students served in the roles of lobbyists and helped present differing "testimony" in the legislative caucus meetings.
"The day gives students an opportunity to get a glimpse of how government functions and how it reacts to public policy issues," said Senator Wonderling. "Rather than reading about the legislative process, young people get to see how they can help shape the policies and laws that affect their lives", he added.
Students from the following school districts participated, including seven home schooled students: Easton Area High School, Lansdale Catholic High School, North Penn High School, Palisades High School, Pennridge High School, Quakertown Community High School, Salisbury High School, Souderton Area High School, Upper Perkiomen High School, and Wilson Area High School.