McAuliffe Regional Charter School Hosts First Annual State Legislator Day
MetroWest legislators with students and faculty from the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham
(FRAMINGHAM) – In order to let young students in their districts know about their daily work at the Massachusetts State House, members of the MetroWest delegation visited with eighth graders at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham on Friday as part of the school’s first annual State Legislator Day.
The day included an opportunity for the delegation to meet with parents from the school who live in their communities. Following the meet and greet with parents and faculty, the legislators sat down with students from the school’s 8th grade class to provide insight into their work as members of the Massachusetts Legislature and to learn more about the students’ experiences at the McAuliffe School.
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. As one of only 15 Expeditionary Learning Schools in Massachusetts, its framework is centered around building leadership in students to make sure that they have the knowledge, skills, and civic-mindedness to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.
With students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, the school primarily serves eight MetroWest communities: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Sudbury.
Legislators in attendance included Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Tom Sannicandro, Representative Chris Walsh, Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch, Representative David Linsky, and Representative Carolyn Dykema.