POSTED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 4:06pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 10:01am
WESLACO, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Weslaco and Weslaco East high school students are going home with a better understanding of how voting and politics affect their lives. Several state lawmakers visited Weslaco to speak to high school seniors about how education can improve the students' lives.
"Sharing some personal life stories, the things that I went through, how I got here myself, would help them realize that they too can make it and they too can accomplish their goals," said state Sen. Eddie Lucio.
This was the first time the event was held; not coincidentally, it was held on election day.
"We want to make our students global citizens. We feel that it's very important that they become aware of the issues that will affect their lives 5, 10, 15, 20 years down the road," Weslaco ISD superintendent Ruben Alejandro said.
Those who were involved in the event were struck by the kind of questions asked by the Weslaco and Weslaco East students. They ranged from same sex marraige to immigration to drug legalization and legal drinking age. The legislators answered every one.
"I was very pleased by the number of questions as well... this particular group of graduates they really want to make a difference in their community," Lucio said.
Registration cards were handed out to students near the end of the event. 600 seniors registered to vote out of the 1,000 in attendance. Keep in mind not all of them are 18.
"The Valley has historic numbers of low voter turnout," said state Rep. Terry Canales. "We need to encourage the future of South Texas to get out there and vote."