As part of her civic education initiative, State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) recently hosted a group of North Andover Girl Scouts for a visit to the State House.
The troop had the opportunity to tour the State House and meet with the Representative. DiZoglio brought the students into the House Chamber, where they sat in the seats of legislators, as the Representative explained how ideas become laws. The troop then engaged in a debate, moderated by DiZoglio, over a piece of legislation.
Since 2013, DiZoglio has filed legislation to incorporate civic education in Massachusetts public schools. She also regularly visits schools across the Merrimack Valley, hosting Civic Education Days.
“Visiting the State House was such a great experience for the girls,” said North Andover School Committee member and mother Holly Vietzke-Lynch. “Rep. DiZoglio gave the girls a glimpse into the life of a state representative, and I think we may have some future politicians in our town.”
“My favorite part of the day was pretending to be a state representative and debating and voting on an issue,” said girl scout Callista Giles.
“I had a really fun time, and I learned a lot about Massachusetts history,” said girl scout Lauren Lynch. “My favorite part was the debate!”
“The scouts got to experience what legislative debate is all about,” said troop leader Bonnie Miller. “They learned to respectfully disagree.”
“Diana did an amazing job bringing the legislative process to life for our Girl Scout troop,” said troop leader Valerie Giles.
“This is our next generation of leaders, so it is important that we encourage them to be actively involved in the democratic process early on,” said DiZoglio. “The girls were given the opportunity to debate a real-life bill that impacts citizens of the Merrimack Valley. While the debate was respectful and thoughtful, it was also plenty of fun.”