Congressman Adam Schiff visited Luther Burbank Middle School on Thursday, October 27, and engaged the school’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in a discussion about current issues and politics.
Schiff opened the school day reading the “Words of Wisdom,” a daily message to Luther students before the morning announcements that highlights a specific character trait with quotes and anecdotes. The Congressman talked about service.
“These [Words of Wisdom] traits range from responsibility, diversity, courage, service, teamwork, honesty, respect and the importance of education,” Assistant Principal Isaac Huang explained. “The message also reminds our learners to take care of their school, teachers and staff, their peers and most importantly themselves.”
Schiff spoke to approximately 600 Luther students about his job responsibilities as a representative in Congress for Burbank and surrounding areas, touching on how his work in Washington D.C. connected to the day’s theme of service.
During the Question & Answer period at the end of the assembly, Schiff answered questions from students on various topics such as the Affordable Health Care Act and the Armenian Genocide. He also talked about some of the challenges he faces in office.
“With the impending elections around the corner, our Yellow Jacket learners were able to learn about the legislative branch’s role in our government and how their Congressional decisions impacts their lives,” commented Huang.
Congressman Schiff’s “visit highlighted the importance of their civic duties to ask questions and make well informed decisions when voting for their representative in a democratic society,” added Huang.
ASB President Nadaly Jones and ASB Vice President Dainava Petrulis presented the Congressman with Luther swag, thanked him for his hard work and announced him a part of the Luther Yellow Jacket Nation.