Editor's Note: The following article was provided to Patch by the Phoenixville Area School District.
Thirty-one Phoenixville Area Middle School students traveled to the state Capital in Harrisburg on May 14th to participate in the American Lung Association’s Advocacy Day 2013. The youth and their chaperones visited with state legislators, advocating for a more comprehensive clean indoor air law. These students, members of the Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) group, were accompanied on the trip with their club advisor, teacher Kevin Corcoran, teacher David Saville, parent Beth Batten, Principal Frank Garritano and Phoenixville Hospital Community Health Nurse Billie Goldstein
For many of the students, this was the first trip to the state Capital. They were warmly received by Representative Tim Hennessey, Representative Warren Kampf and Senator Andrew Dinniman. They learned the ways bills become laws, and how the different branches of the government work together. They were invited into the House of Representatives and the Senate. Each of the legislators questioned the group about the importance of being TATU members. They were challenged by Senator Dinniman to become stronger advocates for their tobacco free causes through letter writing.
Following the meetings with the legislators, they took part in a press conference on the steps of the Main Capitol Rotunda. It was there that they joined 120 additional youth advocates from across the state, promoting clean indoor air for all Pennsylvanians. Phoenixville Area Middle School may just have some politicians in the making.