Last night East Lansing High School’s cafeteria became the center of national spotlight, when Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.
More than two dozen students and faculty members had the opportunity to attend.
Dori Leyko, the superintendent of East Lansing Public School said it was a good learning opportunity.
“Offering them this authentic experience of this once in a lifetime event was something that they can take back and really learn from talk about and share with other kids in their classroom too,” Leyko said.
She said it has encouraged more students to learn about the political process.
“I think it really brought focus to this process…and I think probably a lot of kids who watched the response who wouldn’t otherwise,” Leyko said.
In the audience was Governor Whitmer’s daughter, Sherry Shrewsbury.
“Like this is such a huge event…my mom is responding to the president like this is on national TV and to have this at my school was such a cool thing for my principal who really enjoyed it and for my peers,” said Shrewsbury.
Greg Mcclure, a student teacher said hosting an event of this magnitude at a high school sends a strong message.
“Because it affects our students it affects our children, they know more than we think they do…so they’re smarter than we give them credit for,” Mcclure said.