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Senator Bob Atwater visits SAGE Academy

Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2005

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Siler City, NC - On September 20, North Carolina State Senator Bob Atwater visited students attending SAGE Academy as part of America's Legislators Back to School Program. The program, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, is an event where state legislators across the country visit schools and classrooms to talk about the legislature and observe activities in the schools. After an introduction by Principal Ingrid Bimbo, the senator, who represents Chatham, Durham and Lee Counties, gave students a brief history of his educational and work history.

Senator Atwater, a Chatham County resident and a former county commissioner, made several key points as he spoke to students about his role as a state legislator and shared some aspects of his personal life. “Make the most of your high school years,” said Atwater as he reinforced the importance of graduating. “If you need help, don't be afraid to ask.” The senator also discussed the importance of resisting drug temptations and the significance of being registered to vote.

Students posed questions on a wide range of topics, from minimum wage to what a state senator earns. They were also curious about what if anything can be done about gas price gauging.

"The staff and students at Sage Academy were very impressed with Senator Bob Atwater's interesting and informative speech. Senator Atwater tied in personal and relevant experiences engaging our students. What a very exciting way to kick off Legislators Back to School Week!" Bimbo said.

 
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