Councilman Robert Holden teaches third-grade students about local government. (Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Holden’s office)
Councilman Robert Holden visited Notre Dame Catholic Academy in Ridgewood earlier this week to give a civics lesson to a third-grade class and explain their role in local government.
The students were learning more about the government when their third-grade teacher, Adriana Livreri, thought: what better way to learn about the government than to call on a local representative?
“There’s no better way to learn about our local government than from our councilor Bob Holden,” Livreri said. “He talked about his role in the community and what students could do to help. They could come up with laws that could potentially get somewhere and make a difference.
As part of Holden’s lesson, he asked the students what laws they would like to see enacted. The class at Ridgewood School had lots of ideas about what could be done to stop the loud music in the area.
“He gave us the opportunity to write laws that would be great for the community and present them to other council members and maybe make them [into law]said Livreri.
A former professor at New York City College of Technology (CUNY), Holden said he was excited to visit third-grade students at Ridgewood and be an educator again.
“It was a pleasure to be in front of a classroom again,” Holden said. “We discussed local government, including checks and balances at City Hall. These young students were very impressive and asked intelligent questions. Some even gave advice on how to deal with loud music and noise. Their teachers and parents are clearly doing a great job.
Jennifer DiLorenzo, principal of Notre Dame Catholic Academy, said it was a pleasure to welcome Holden to a district school in Ridgewood.
“The students were so engaged and loved learning from him while talking to him. It was a great way to make government real and accessible to third-graders,” DiLorenzo said.