MILLBURN, NJ - As part of his schedule of Earth Day activities in the district, Congressman Tom Malinowski paid a visit to the fifth-grade academy at Washington School, speaking to students in two assembly groups.

the NJ-7 rep was at the school for two main reasons. The first was that he was there to talk to students about a healthy environmental future. The other was that the fifth graders at Washington School had written him letters after reading the book "Refugee" by Alan Gratz, and he said how happy he was to see them engaged and learning about that topic.

On the subject of the environment, Malinowski's visit corresponded with Earth Day, and he split his assembly presentation up into two sections. The first part involved a speech from Malinowski about where humans currently stand with climate action, what has already been done, and where it can proceed in the future.

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To illustrate how humans can positively impact the environment, Malinowski used the example of removing the smog from New York City by running cleaner energy, and how the thick, heavy and sooty clouds that used to blanket the city 24/7 are no longer there.

After his speech, he took questions from students about the topic of the environment. Malinowski took the time to respond to each and every question asked by the students.

While leaving the event, Malinowski spoke with TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills and said that hearing from the Washington School students was good for him, as it showed the next generation was engaged and ready to stop up and lead.

"I'm really impressed with these kids," he said. "I was impressed by the letters that they wrote to me on refugees, and I wanted to meet them in person. I was not surprised but impressed by the intelligence and breadth of there questions to me on so many issues facing our country. It bodes well for our future."

One of those students was Seth Eilenberg. The fifth grader said that having Malinowski speak to his class was exciting and something he was happy to have taken part in.

"I really liked it because I think it's a gift to meet to meet a politician at this young of an age," he said. "I think that he stayed some things that I might have thought different of and I might want to change what I think of them since I heard a politician speak."

He also said that hearing Malinowski speak about the letters written to him was a great experience.