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Area state legislators to visit Framingham's McAuliffe Regional Charter School

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 10, 2013 12:18 PM

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Local state legislators will visit eighth grade students at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter School in Framingham this Friday morning to educate the students about legislation and events happening at the Massachusetts State House.

The event, dubbed State Legislator Day, will also include an opportunity for legislators to meet with parents from the school who live in their communities. Following the meet-and-greet with parents and staff, the legislators will visit with the students to tell them about their work as legislators, and to learn more about the students’ experiences at the McAuliffe School.

Legislators confirmed to attend include Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Tom Sannicandro, Representative Chris Walsh, Representative Thomas Conroy, Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch, and Representative Carolyn Dykema. Additional legislators have been invited but their attendance at this time is not confirmed.

First opened in 2002 as the Framingham Community Charter School, the school was renamed in 2005 to honor teacher, astronaut, and former Framingham resident and student, Christa McAuliffe. The school's curriculum is focused on building leadership in students through an active, hands-on learning to ensure students have the knowledge, skills, and civic mindedness to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom, according to representatives.

With students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, the school primarily serves eight area communities: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Sudbury.

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