Arkansas state Sen. Eddie Cheatham and House Rep. LeAnne Burch visited Crossett High School on Sept. 23. The two arrived at the beginning of the school day, and later came to speak to students in Kristi Clanton-McDuff’s sixth period Journalism class.
Cheatham represents Senate District 26 of Arkansas, which is composed of Ashley and Chicot counties, as well as several others. He is currently serving his second term as senator. Burch is in her second term in the House, as part of District 9, which includes sections of Ashley and Drew counties.
During the Journalism class period, Cheatham and Burch spoke with the aim of providing students with an understanding of how bills passed by the House or Senate affect life at schools. Cheatham and Burch both serve on the Education Committees for their respective positions, so they work closely with institutions like the Arkansas Department of Education.
They described their involvement with the longer recess times that have been implemented in elementary schools, as well as the “In God We Trust” signs that are located in every school classroom in Arkansas.
Burch said that student opinions are highly valued and it is important for her and Cheatham to visit schools because the bills passed by senators and House representatives directly affect students.
Burch said students can have a profound impact by maintaining relationships with House Representatives and Senators.
“Have relationships with people who can vote on issues you believe in,” she said. “You can make an impact.”