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MLA students get lessons in social justice, city government

Created on:   Sun, Nov 5, 2017   7:44 AM

Last modified:   Sun, Nov 5, 2017   7:43 AM

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MORGANTOWN — Middle school students at Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA) recently participated in two local events that gave them real-world experience on social justice issues and the workings of city government.

In October, the class attended a Morgantown City Council meeting, during which council approved a revised non-discrimination ordinance. After learning about the ordinance in class, students prepared statements and six of them spoke at the council meeting to support the ordinance.

The class also participated in an interactive diversity program that introduced students to topics of discrimination and implicit biases that affect how and why individuals can interpret the same facts in a legal case very differently.

These activities are part of a year-long special topics class, called “We The People: Government and Civic Engagement,” in which students are learning about local, state and federal government and the vital role citizens play in the U.S. democratic system.