Local high school students are working to solve world issues

Students from Lafayette Jeff and Oakland are working on projects to change public policy issues

Posted: Dec. 11, 2018 6:28 PM
Updated: Dec. 12, 2018 6:27 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A class of high schoolers are going beyond the walls of their school to make a difference.

Students from Lafayette Jeff and Oakland are working on projects to change public policy issues.

The project is through Purdue's national civic education program called "Project Citizen."

Students spent the last two months creating a resolution to hot-button issues within our community and world.

Grant Fischer, the social studies teacher leading the students said his class of 15 have split into five groups of 3. The groups have been working on their projects for the past two months.

Issues of plastic bag pollution, teen pregnancy, concussions in high school sports, homelessness, construction, and police protection are the topics the students are covering this year.

Fischer said his students are coming up with real solutions to real issues.

“It's not just for adults or older people, there's a lot of things that apply to these kids, so it's important for the kids to be involved and be heard and this is one project that is able to allow them to have a voice,” said Fischer.

Marilyn Varjas, a student in the class is working on reducing the use of plastic bags in Indiana and across the nation. She and her two partners said it’s important for youth to be cognizant of issues that are negatively impacting our world.

“As the youth of the world, we need to understand what's going on so when we're grown up we're adults, we understand and we can make decisions of our own,” said Varjas.

Students will be presenting their projects to a panel of judges including State Representative Sheila Klinker, Judge Michael Morrissey and Nancy Marchand-Martella, the new dean of College of Education at Purdue.

The event is open to the public and will be held on Dec. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Purdue University’s Stewart Center. Room 218.

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