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State Representative visits SLHS

State Representative Charlene Fernandez visited San Luis High School Wednesday, Sept. 12 as part of the Take Your Legislator to School program.

Take Your Legislator to School is a collaborative initiative by the Arizona Education Foundation, Arizona Educators Association and Arizona K12 Center, where state legislators are invited to visit schools in order for students to have a voice in politics.

Fernandez was greeted by SLHS Principal Tammy Ray and discussed current SLHS operations and news, including the school’s 0.51 percent dropout rate, college-bound percentages, school safety, and certified staff members, among other topics.

During Fernandez’s visit, members of Student Council and students in government courses had the opportunity to ask questions concerning community and political involvement, education, industry, and healthcare access. They were able to learn more about state topics, as well as get to understand the goals of their representative and the journey she went to get to where she is today.

“There’s people out there that want to help you,” Fernandez told the group. “If someone wants to help you, let them. If someone offers to help you to loosen the load….let them.”

Born and raised in Yuma County, Fernandez said she is happy to be back in the area. She is reminded of her work with Congressman Ed Pastor and the Yuma Union High School District Board. Through working with YUHSD, she was able to create a kinship with SLHS and watch it grow and develop into the school it is today.

As an advocate for public education, Fernandez, once again, touched on the importance of students being involved in their school and community. “Young people are very much a vital part of any campaign because it’s about you. It’s not about me.”

She reminded students that every time she votes, speaks up or works for public education, it’s with SLHS and the San Luis community in mind.

Alessa Castillo and Gibran Murrieta, SLHS