Congressman John Lewis offers words of inspiration for Deerwood Academy

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Students at Deerwood Academy were challenged and inspired during Congressman John Lewis’ visit. They were excited to hear about his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and what it is like to be in congress today. Congressman Lewis talked to third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders in an assembly while kindergarten, first- and second-graders watched him on closed circuit television. But he made it a point to visit all kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. Congressman Lewis motivated students as he shared stories of his childhood days in segregated schools. He urged them to stay in school and reminded them that there was no limit to what they could achieve. He went on to say that success takes perseverance and hard work; but, it is worth it.

Students could even relate to the struggles of congress with the Healthcare Reform bill. One student said, “I don’t agree with Gov. Sonny Perdue about trying to have [Georgia Attorney General) Thurbert Baker impeached as result of him not filing a lawsuit against the Healthcare Reform Bill. What do you think we can do about it?” Another asked, “How can we ensure that the Healthcare Reform Bill passes so that everyone can have health insurance to take care of themselves?” Fourth-grader Isis Perkins summed it up best when she said, “I don’t have a question. I have a comment: I want to thank you for helping us get our education that we have today and making it possible. Thank you for helping bring about the voting rights act of 1965. I know my parents can vote and I will some day. Thank you also for making sure that everyone has a chance to have health insurance. I really appreciate it.”

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