Today Representative Andersson served as “Principal for the Day” at Fox Meadow Elementary School in South Elgin. His day started before the students arrived, when he met with a group of teachers and listened to their concerns about classroom sizes, special education, and testing. After the students arrived, Representative Andersson was in charge of saying the Pledge of Allegiance and reading the announcements over the school intercom. With the guidance of Fox Meadow’s principal, Sjoukje Brown, he then toured the school, and was able to spend time in every classroom to discuss with students the work he does as a State Representative. Andersson received some especially entertaining answers from the students as to which laws they would like passed in the General Assembly. Andersson led a discussion on government to an assembly of fourth graders, where he was able to explain in further detail the legislative process. Andersson finished his day as Principal with a visit to the kindergarten, where he was the guest reader for story time! He read the newest book from the ‘Pete the Cat’ book series, a personal favorite to the class, and one that he also gifted to the classroom so they can continue to read it again and again.
Representative Andersson was invited to participate in the Principal for the Day program by the Illinois Principals association. It was an event that Andersson was looking forward to, in order to gain more understanding of one of the schools in the community of District 65. “It was great to see the enthusiasm and energy of each class, and I especially enjoyed the questions from the students. It is always encouraging to see so much interest in our state government from bright young students in our community.”