SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - In order to impart a greater understanding of the legislative process and civics among the school children, State Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. will be participating in the “Back to School Program” sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures during the months of September and October.


“I appreciate the opportunity to go to our great local schools and talk to students about the importance of learning about politics and government which translates into making them better future informed voters” said Senator Diegnan (D-18). “The presidential elections are important and have grabbed a lot of attention but it is essential for kids to know about their state and local governments as they have a greater impact over their day to day lives.”


It is vital that every student in America understands how Democracy works and it is imperative, therefore, that educators, students, policymakers, and members of civil society make the case and ask for the support of civic education from all segments of society and from the widest range of institutions and governments.

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The Back to School Program is designed to teach young people--the nation's future voters and leaders--what it's like to be a state legislator: the processes, the pressures, and the debate, negotiation and compromise that are the very fabric of representative democracy. The program is emphasized as a bipartisan event. Legislators of both political parties are urged to participate in this national event and help bring civics to life for young people.

If you are a student, parent, teacher or administrator and are interested in having Senator Patrick Diegnan come to your school, please reach out to his district office at (908) 757-1677 or Senator Diegnan represents the 18th District in the New Jersey State Legislature which encompasses the following municipalities: Edison, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Highland Park, South Plainfield and South River.