Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) students are sponsoring a forum to hear directly from legislative leaders and learn more about the political process.
Working with the L-EHS School Improvement Council, the L-EHS Student Council has invited local, state and national elected officials to participate in the public seminar Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the L-EHS auditorium.
"The primary goal of this forum is to educate and encourage juniors and seniors to become active in the political information gathering process as most of them will be eligible to participate in the upcoming elections," said L-EHS Student Council President Mary Katherine Rogers.
The public is also invited to attend. Rogers said that forum participants will be asked questions submitted by the students including what the students can do to help legislators provide funding for S.C. public schools that will "ensure students the opportunity to be productive, contributing citizens."
To date, confirmed attendees include S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen, S.C. Sen. Thomas McElveen, S.C. Rep. Laurie Funderburk, S.C. Rep. Jimmy Bales, S.C. Rep. Grady Brown, Kershaw County School Board Chairperson Mara Jones and Kershaw County Council member Jimmy Jones. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham are also expected to appear. Other elected officials or their representatives may also attend.
The forum will be moderated by L-EHS social studies teacher Sally Thornton. L-EHS School Improvement Council member Robert Price said that a program to pre-register students who will be eligible to vote in the upcoming 2014 and 2016 elections will also be announced.