RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Ridgewood students seized an opportunity to share their lessons with lawmakers and school officials from throughout Bergen County on Wednesday.
The visitors came to discuss the issues facing schools, and were welcomed by presentations from local students.
Members of the high school's Teen Leads and Global Classroom Partnership programs spoke about the impact the clubs have had on their lives.
Hearing about the activities prompted interim Bergen County Executive Superintendent Norah Peck to say she wants to be a Ridgewood High School student.
"It absolutely reinforced everything we know about engaging students," Peck told Daily Voice. "If I could pass myself off as an old senior, I would do it."
Launched three years ago, Teen Leads is a leadership and community service group. The students study resident involvement in local government and visited a jail to learn about the legal system.
State Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi asked the students what they would change about government if they could. They responded with the prison system, which they said could use some tweaking.
The Global Classroom Partnership pairs Ridgewood students with their peers from around the world to talk about life in different cultures. Club advisor Adam Brunner called it a wonderful opportunity that helps students learn about international issues.
Ridgewood senior Lauren Bombace said she met many new people through her involvement with the group.
"Now I have friends in all other countries, Europe, Africa, Australia," Bombace said. "You keep those connections for the rest of your life."
The students paired their talk with a video showing them performing dance routines from many different cultures.
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