Students Participate in Lobby Day

Laura Allen
On Thursday, January 21, Tandem junior Madeline Caduff and 9th graders Kaia Caduff, Charlie Kalnite, Josie Fischman and Emi Murphy participated in Virginia's legislative process by taking part in Lobby Day with the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN). Laura Allen, Tandem's Philanthropy Director and a local environmental activist who advises their student group Student Movement Against Climate Change (SMACC), guided the students in researching environmental issues related to bills that would be under debate in the House and Senate during this legislative session. Each student was able to attend two meetings, one with their local delegate and one with the office of Senator Creigh Deeds, where they got the chance to speak on the importance of the bill that they had selected and researched. The group is grateful to VCN for arranging these meetings and for creating this rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the creation of statewide public policy. Even over Zoom, it was an immersive experience that brought civics lessons to life with real-world applications.