AHG Visits NC Capitol and Legislative Building

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 Under American Heritage Girls, Politics, Travel

American Heritage Girls  Troop 1715 met in Raleigh for a field trip to our state Capitol. In the fall, we will  start off working on our Citizenship badge. We wanted to tour while the legislature was still in session so we scheduled the trip as soon as school was out. Our first tour was of the Capitol where we told of stories of fire, paintings being saved, legends and more. Cobey was chosen to try on tails and top hat which is what the  Senators would have worn in the 1800s. I wonder if that will be foreshadowing of his future in politics.  The Capitol is no longer used for the legislative branch but the governor’s office is there.

After the Capitol Building, we toured the legislative building were we saw both houses and learned how bills get passed. Our guide did a great job of explaining it on their level. There was a stark contrast between the two buildings in style and technology. The kids enjoyed seeing an anti animal abuse bill that was signed by the governor, the speaker of the house and a dog. The highlight was when we saw AHG dad and NC House Representative Mike Stone. He gave each of the girls legislative pins and a book. The last stop was the mural where our tour guide explained the three regions and many of the symbols in it. We also ran into my good friend Representative Jonathan Jordan there and I introduced him to the girls.

This was the first day of a 19 day road trip for the  kids and I. I hope you will follow us along our travels!

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Call the Lee County School Board to action

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Wednesday Jun 8, 2011 Under Politics

For months, Lee County teachers have been encouraged to write letters, attend meetings and have students speak at events in support of the administration’s position.

Enough is enough.

Existing policies (5210 and 7720 for instance) allow the use of political materials for instructional purposes but strictly prohibit the use of materials or job position to promote a specific party, candidate or issue.

According to the Sanford Herald, Shawn Williams, chairman of the School Board doesn’t think having 3rd graders write a letter to an elected official advocating a designated position falls into that category. Is he for real?

If you’ve had enough of this nonsense and want Superintendent Moss held accountable, please contact the school board members; their contact information is below:

Shawn Williams— shawnwilliams@lee.k12.nc.us (919) 777-2798

John Bonardi– jbonardi@lee.k12.nc.us (919) 776-2789

Mark Akinosho– makinosho@lee.k12.nc.us (919) 775-8133 (Work); (919) 770-4448 (Mobile); (919) 718-5004 (Home)

Cameron Sharpe– cameronsharpe@lee.k12.nc.us (919) 498-2250 (Work); (919) 498-4992 (Mobile)

Linda Smith– lindasmith@lee.k12.nc.us (919) 774-6781

Dr. Lynn Smith– lynnsmith@lee.k12.nc.us (919) 776-8083

Bill Tatum– billtatum@lee.k12.nc.us (919) 774-8806

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