Assemblywoman Visits Clark 4th Graders

Assemblywoman Linda Stender poses for a picture at the conclusion of her address to fourth grade at Valley Road School. Pictured from left to right are: Bottom row: fourth graders Lia D'Angelo, Caleigh O'Donnell, and Kyle Sachewicz, Top Row: Elementary Supervisor Janeen Allmendinger, Assemblywoman Linda Stender, and fourth grade teacher Tara Filippini. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — Assemblywoman Linda Stender spoke to fourth grade students at the Valley Road School in Clark last week as part of the “Send A Legislator Back to School” program, where lawmakers visit schools throughout the month of October.

The Assemblywoman’s address focused on the topics of the importance of being an involved citizen, the value of a democracy, and the democratic process. Stender (D-Union County) spoke about how the legislature works, the importance of compromise, and how a bill becomes a law. Throughout her half-hour presentation, the fourth graders were focused and engaged audience members, asking numerous questions of the assemblywoman.

Superintendent Kenneth Knops, who was present at the presentation, said, “It’s always a delight having Assemblywoman Linda Stender visit our district. She is the consummate role model, guiding light, and mentor to our impressionable students; and a highly valued resource to our district. During my 15 months in district to date, Mrs. Stender has visited our schools on five different occasions, all in support of our schools and programming. She is truly a valued community resource and an advocate for our schools and students.”


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