After hosting an activity during Livingston's 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service event that encouraged young attendees to pen "Letters to the Mayor" sharing comments, concerns or suggestions about various community issues, representatives from the Livingston High School (LHS) chapter of the Livingston League of Women Voters (LWV) attended Monday's township council meeting to present nearly 20 pieces of correspondence to Mayor Al Anthony and his fellow council members.
With LHS chapter founder and president Nishna Makala at the helm, accompanied by chapter members Kamalika Vora, Joshua Metters, Shona Kumar, Hudson Stelmak and Poorva Gopal, the student representatives described the project in a joint statement as follows:
“The League of Women Voters website states that the primary goal of the organization is ‘promoting political responsibility through informed and active participation.’ What better way than having children share their thoughts on what matters to them? On MLK Day, kids of all ages wrote letters to share their thoughts with you on any topic that interested them.
"These letters cover a large range of topics, from longer lunch periods at school and more field trips, to the conditions of our sidewalks, flooding and the changing climatic conditions as it presents itself in Livingston. Thank you for accepting these letters, considering the opinions shared by the children and taking action where you are able.”
The LWV project was one of many activities offered at this year's MLK Day event, where more than 200 community members gathered throughout the day to participate. CLICK HERE to read more about the event and the contributions made.
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