U.S. Senator visits Broadview to shake hands with 7th –grade contest winner

U.S. Senator visits Broadview to shake hands with 7th –grade contest winner
Posted on 10/12/2017

On Wednesday, in front of the entire seventh grade at Broadview Middle School, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) presented student Caroline D’Angelo with a proclamation for winning last year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest sponsored by the senator himself.

“I got interested in politics when I was about your age,” Murphy told the students. “I like recognizing students who do great things.”

Then Murphy called Caroline to come up in front of the stage as he read the last paragraph of her essay where she focused on King’s taking a stand for what was right and about speaking up even when it’s difficult.

“That should mean something to you,” Murphy said to the students. He said it’s hard to speak out sometimes against discrimination and bullying because of fear or uncertainty, but “those are the most important times” to stand up. Murphy emphasized the importance of Caroline’s essay because she outlined these values that people need to continue to stand by today.

“It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Senate,” he said to Caroline.

Murphy’s office said it received thousands of entries for the first year of the statewide contest.

Following the presentation, Murphy told the students about his entrée into politics at a young age when he became concerned about a polluted local river.

“I started paying attention to who was running for government,” Murphy said. “I wanted to clean the river, but more I wanted to find out why it got that way and why no one was doing anything about it.

“I realized I had a lot of power (to make a change),” he said. He told the students that the advantages to being young were that the adults took him for granted, so they didn’t expect much. But once he started to do something, they paid attention to him because he was young.

“As a young person, I had this power,” he said, and by the time he was in his early 20s and out of college, he decided to run for local office. “So pay attention to what’s happening in your community. Think about ways you can make that happen. There are things you can do right now.”

#Danbury Board of Education#