Oct 19, 2018 / E-news
On September 17, two Michigan Senate candidates from Grand Rapids convened at an event at Beacon Hill at Eastgate, an active retirement community. They engaged in a public discussion hosted by the Beacon Hill We the People team, who also timed and critiqued the talk. Evans DeVries, a retired teacher and We the People coach, moderated the debate between state representatives Winnie Brinks and Chris Afendoulis, who were both vying for the state senate. Students in the class scored the debate independently.
“It is an amazing testament of how important We the People can be as a conduit of civic knowledge and life-long engagement,” says Ellen Zwarensteyn, the executive director of the Michigan Center for Civic Education.
The We the People team in Beacon Hill was established by Deb Snow, a retired We the People teacher who had previously adopted We the People in Michigan and established a team in 1986 at Kentwood High School.