Monday’s Temple Student Government General Assembly meeting was filled with thanks, a discussion about the local school district and a look forward to next week.
Vice President Ofo Ezeugwu and Vice President Julian Hamer opened the meeting by showing their appreciation to the attendees that helped with the first-ever TSG week. Hamer also announced that nearly 200 students registered to vote in the 2012 election during TSG events.
The featured speaker was business and management major Ariel Johnson-Peredo, who discussed Teach forAmerica and its impact on low-income communities.
According to the statistics in Johnson-Peredo’s presentation, in the School District of Philadelphia, 61 percent of students graduate from high school in four years and of those graduates 10 percent go on to graduate from college.
Johnson-Peredo, who grew up in Philadelphia and attended Julia R. Masterman School on Spring Garden Street, believes that our schools are failing the students and that all children deserve a good education and that is why Teach for America is important.
“I personally think the impossible is possible,” Johnson-Peredo said.
Next week, TSG will begin to conduct legislative business and distribute the new student discount cards as a part of homecoming week.
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