PA First Lady Rendell Visits Athens

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 18, 2009 at 7:09 PM EDT

The First Lady of Pennsylvania is showing students how to be leaders in and out of the classroom.

Judge Marjorie Rendell is touring the state to them a chapter of civics.

And as Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney tells us, students are adapting to Rendell's lesson plan.

Pennsylvania First Lady Judge Marjorie Rendell is teaching the ABC's of civic responsibility.

She was head of the classroom at Athens Area High School to help today's students become tomorrow's leaders.

The group is involved in student government.

"It's honestly an inspiration because she does so well with what she's doing and listening to her, she knows what she's talking about." said Athens 9th Grader Emma Brennan.

"They're really excited to be able to talk to her and to sort of pick her brain and see what she has to say to them." said Athens Area High School Principal Beth Schulze.

Rendell is a federal judge.

She discussed the U.S. Constitution and how democracy shapes the country.

"The way it works, the rule of law and our country and how it enables people to have their rights and responsibilities." said Rendell.

Rendell met with students one on one to hear their ideas to carry out community service projects in Athens.

"If we had a rec center where people could go, mainly to keep people off the streets or give them something to do." said Brennan.

"A lot of kids who after school, they don't really have anywhere to go, I mean you go home and do your homework and not much." said Athens 9th Grader Shane Martin.

Students say the highlight was when Rendell offered solutions to their problems.

"You can come up with good ideas to help the school, the community, even the state." said Athens 6th Grader Amro Nasser.

"Sometimes they don't realize how much power they have and that they are the generation of citizens." said Rendell.

Rendell encourages the students to meet with older leaders in the community and work together for the better of one common goal.

Today's stop in Athens is one of many the First Lady is making around the Commonwealth.

It marks the national celebration of "Constitution Week".

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