NEKLS students participate in Adult Education, Literacy Day at State House

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MONTPELIER — A group of 19 students from Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS) took part in Adult Education and Literacy Day at the State House in Montpelier on Thursday, Feb. 29. Accompanied by seven staff members and one board member from three of NEKLS’ five learning centers, the students engaged in the legislative process and advocated for educational resources and support.

The highlight of the event was when Finley Lemieux, an NEKLS student, provided testimony before the House Education Committee. Lemieux shared insights and perspectives on the importance of educational resources and support, reflecting NEKLS’ commitment to empowering learners of all ages to voice their concerns and contribute to positive change in their communities.

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In addition to providing testimony, the students interacted with local representatives and met with the Lieutenant Governor, sharing their experiences, asking questions, and gaining a deeper understanding of the legislative process and its impact on education and community development.

The students also participated in a tour of the historic State House, where they learned about Vermont’s rich political history and the significance of civic engagement in shaping the state’s future.

NEKLS supports initiatives like Adult Education and Literacy Day at the State House by providing opportunities for student involvement and civic education, striving to instill in its learners a sense of agency and responsibility as future leaders and contributors to society.

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