Rep. DiZoglio Visits Haverhill High, Hosts Student Debate on Texting While Driving

Rep. Diana DiZoglio (second from right) visited Shaun Ashworth's Haverhill High Civics class to facilitate a student debate on texting while driving. (Courtesy photos)

Haverhill High School students participated in a debate on texting and cell phone use while driving facilitated by Rep. Diana DiZoglio last week.

The lawmaker’s visit was the latest stop on her civic education tour across the Merrimack Valley that aims to educate and engage students on current legislation and issues.

Sitting in on Haverhill High history teacher Shaun Ashworth’s Civics class, DiZoglio discussed her House Bill 2022, passed by the Joint Committee on Education as part of an effort to require all public elementary and high schools to teach American history and civics.

“All too often, our classrooms lack a strong civic learning program to educate our youth about what state government does in our daily lives,” DiZoglio said. “It was an honor to join the amazing students of Haverhill High School as I discussed how bills become laws with this next generation of leaders.”

Students who participated in the mock debate came away with a renewed appreciation for the work done by Beacon Hill politicians like DiZoglio.

"Representative DiZoglio gave us relevant advice on how to work together to solve problems the same way the Massachusetts legislature does,” junior Olivia Rodgers said. “She connected her experiences with ours. It was a great visit.”