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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Still On: County Council Youth Town Hall!

The Town Hall is still ON for tonight!

The Montgomery County Council traditionally goes to various areas around the County to meet with residents and find out their feelings about whether the County is on the right track and where improvements can be made. But for the first time, your elected officials want to hear from you! This shows the utter importance of the student opinion to our county officials as they craft the budget.

Who: Students of Montgomery County with the County Council
What: Youth Town Hall Meeting
Where: 100 Maryland Avenue Rockville, MD 20850; Third Floor
When: Wednesday February 3, 2010 at 7 PM-8 PM
Why: In order to hear directly from students throughout the County

You can arrive early at 6:30 to mingle with Councilmembers on the second floor Cafeteria. This meeting will be broadcast on Channel 6 on Comcast and Channel 30 on Verizon. The Council Office Building is a three-block walk from the Rockville Metrorail. Free parking in the building's garage on Fleet Street will also be open.

Bring your school spirit (signs, t-shirts, posters, etc) and tell your County Council what you want next year! There's power in numbers. Considering the County Council is the one that gives money to the Board of Education and considering the Campaign for Our Future and the huge Budget Crisis this year, this is our time to show the County Council that we truly care about our schools, our sports, our clubs, our buses, our extracurriculars, our teachers, and our education!

* The meeting will allow the participants to let Councilmembers know how they feel about specific issues and also will provide the opportunity to ask questions of the Councilmembers in an organized, but informal, setting. We are encouraging students to ask questions about/comment about issues that impact their lives and not necessary just education (could be parks, recreation, need more places for teens, need more bike lanes, etc.).

* The meeting will last a total of 90 minutes. The first hour will be televised live. Councilmembers will then stay for an additional half-hour to answer questions—and ask questions of the students.

* Susan Kenedy, our host, will call on as many students as she can to ask their question or give their comments. Raise your hand to be recognized. Please limit questions or comments to no more than 2 minutes. Please understand, she may not be able to get to everyone who wants to speak, but she will do her best to get to as many as she can.

* Parents and other adults who would like to attend can be in the room--provided there is room. However, are invited guests are the students. If the hearing room is filled to capacity with students, adults will be asked to go to our cafeteria where a TV will be set up so they can view the meeting.

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