Over 350 Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Elementary, Middle and High School students attended the Youth Voter Rally outside the Gary Genesis Center on Tuesday, October 25th. The trip was one of their “Classroom Outside Walls” experiences where students have the unique opportunity to connect what they have learned in the classroom to real world experiences.
There were several speakers on hand who shared the history of voters’ rights in the United States, the sacrifices made so that ALL citizens could vote and the importance of voting. Among the speakers were Gary Councilmen Jerome Prince, Councilmen Ronald Brewer, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Dr. Vernon Smith, State Senator Earline Rogers and the keynote speaker, U.S. Senator of New Jersey, Cory Booker. Bowman scholars were among students from several other high schools in the area.
Our student council leaders were invited back stage to meet Senator Booker, who also once served as Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Booker is known for his economic development plans for the revitalization of economically deprived cities, his war on gangs and crime and education reform.
County Councilman Jamal Washington and Regina Cossey coordinated the event for the students. The field experience was organized by members of the Thea Bowman Leadership Academy staff which included: Robert Kuprenas, Leah Hogan, Ms. Chicki, Mr. Yoder, Mr. Brenninger, Ms. Valdez and Ms. Blackburn.
The students received compliments from the school principal for their excellent behavior and the professional manner in which they represented their families and TBLA.