What students are saying:
"American Government is one of the only classes I can think of in high school that I would look forward to going to every day. I would think to myself, 'Cool, I get to go to government today. I get to examine my beliefs and try to convince people of something I believe in.' I wanted to do it and I felt like I was learning at the same time."
-Greg Peebles, Student Lisle High School
"The Legislative Semester had such an impact on what I remember as well as on what I’d like to do with my life. It is probably one of the best learning experiences outside of student teaching I’ve ever had. The course really got me into politics and government and as a result I will be attending law school next year."
-Sarah Toney, Former Student Community High School, West Chicago
"With everyday, I remember less and less of my high school. What I do remember are the events most important, most significant to my memories, to my identity. For me, the Legislative Semester is a lasting memory--and an affirmation of something I wasn't so sure I believed--that I could make a difference, become a better person...a better citizen. To explain how this curriculum changed me would be to rob it of its lasting gift--a gift only the ones who experience it take away."
-Nicole Patel, Former Student Community High School, West Chicago
"With the Legislative Semester students were not doing work for points or grades. Students worked as hard as they did because they cared about their issues. The issues were deeper than grades; they were personal. Probably what made people’s speeches and issues so good is that they WEREN’T doing them for grades. It is YOUR issue, YOUR Legislative Semester, and for that reason, students wanted it to be good."
-Louis Herrmann, Student Lisle High School
"Students were so into the Legislative Semester they wanted to make good decisions in terms of leadership. Students wanted this to be good because it was THEIRS. I have so much respect for all the students in the Legislative Semester because they made decisions that were smart and beneficial for the Full Session and the Committee Hearings because we wanted to see it succeed."
-Stephanie Gockley, Student Lisle High School