SUMMIT, NJ - Fifth grade students at Kent Place School welcomed Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) to its campus, where he spoke with students about the White House, the voting process, and the impact of social media on the current election cycle.

Lance’s visit followed the fifth graders’ Social Studies unit on the United States government, which included lessons on the American Revolutionary War, the writing of the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, and the system of checks and balances.

This entire unit lasted approximately two months and, as part of a class project, students were instructed to write to a member of one of the three branches of government. Many letters written by fifth graders to public governmental figures, including to President Obama, several Supreme Court justices, and to Lance.

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Lance’s visit allowed students to ask questions and get answers in real time. “Congressman Lance's visit was the perfect culmination to our study of U.S. Government,” said fifth grade teacher Susan Mascioli.

“Greeted by excited and enthusiastic faces, the Congressman was impressed by the thoughtful observations and questions the students posed.” Mascioli added. “At one point, our fifth graders spontaneously broke out into song, eagerly and flawlessly singing the Preamble to the Constitution, and they, in turn, were awed by the Congressman's vast knowledge of American history.  It was a powerful experience for them to meet and speak with an actual Representative currently serving in Washington D.C., and to realize that as young citizens, their voices were heard and valued.”

"Explore Kent Place School Day" Set for May 21

The Admission Office at Kent Place School will be host “Explore Kent Place Primary School with Your Daughter,” an event for prospective families, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to learn something new in classrooms, with specialists in art, science and technology offering sessions for all ages. Previous workshops have included “Exploring World Languages at Kent Place;” “Coding and Programming;” “Science and Gardening;” and “Logic and Puzzles.” There will also be a scavenger hunt during the day, allowing families the chance to explore the Kent Place campus.

To register for the event, please visit kentplace.org/admission/dates. For further information, contact the Kent Place Primary School Admission Office at 908-273-0900, ext. 269.