Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Governor Patrick Visits West Springfield School

Governor Deval Patrick toured the West Springfield Middle School on Tuesday and spoke with students about the presidential election and political process.

It was a special morning for 8th grader and President of the Student Council, Alex Marquez, as he shook hands with Governor Deval Patrick. Alex and other students at West Springfield Middle School spoke with the Governor as he toured the school.

One 7th grade Social Studies class has been studying politics and the electoral process. They got a special lecture form the Governor himself. "They are at an important point in their lives in terms of being able and ready to understand that they have all the power they need to make changes in their own lives and in their community," said Governor Patrick.

Students were not shy and even asked the Governor about his plan for extended school days. "Even with cuts, I preserved a significant increase in universal Pre-K spending and extended learning time," said Governor Patrick. While its not an entirely popular idea, one student thinks it is beneficial. "Students could get a better education with a longer school day," said Alex Marquez.

The Governor dismissed any idea of joining the Obama administration. "I have a job which is Governor of the Commonwealth, that I have worked hard to get and will work hard to do it. I will be right here as long as the people will have me," said the Governor.

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