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Erie High School Students to Host Town Hall Forum

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ERIE, KANSAS -

Although these students are too young to vote, they're plenty old enough to care about issues our country is facing today.

"Ever since Parkland happened, the shooting at Park Land. I've always had this mentality, like it can happen here"

Erie High School sophomore, Matthew Inman attended the Pittsburg March For Our Lives rally, and one of the leaders encouraged people from all congressional districts to hold town hall meetings, the spirit of activism was contagious.

"I thought it was important and would be cool to have our small school be apart of this larger, bigger, national movement"

So with the help of his peers from the Student Council and the 21st Century Leadership class, he invited Kansas lawmakers and candidates for a town hall forum.

"Their hard work is actually paying off. They're going to have a voice and they're going to be able to listen to the answers and listen to those who are going to serve them in the future" says the students' sponsor, Jamie Carlisle.

They invited everybody from the community to come to their auditorium on the 28th and ask several Kansas lawmakers and candidates about any topic, from health care, to gun control, to education funding.

"It's all about providing an area where all community members, elected officials, students and adults can come together and have a civil discussion" says Inman.

Fast forward a few years when these kids are hitting the election polls, they'll remember this time of their lives and go from there.

"Later, when we are doing the voting, when we are eligible, we can learn what it takes to make the best choice" says Kara Fruch, one of the co-organizers.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, April 28th from 6-8PM at the Erie High School Auditorium. There will also be a voter registration table. 

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