Congressman Peter King Visits Massapequa High School
After spending the last two months learning about government, seniors at Massapequa High School were able to interact with someone who experiences it every day.
Congressman Peter King recently visited the school on to speak with students in the Advanced Placement government classes.
During the informal session in the little theater, students asked King questions on a variety of domestic and foreign issues in order to help them learn about the role of the federal government and how power is separated between the legislative, executive and judicial branches.
He discussed his reasons for voting certain ways and told students that there are more to bills than just their titles.
King also spoke about his typical weekly schedule and the committees that he serves on.
He maintains a district office in Massapequa Park, barely a mile from the high school.
During his visit to the school, he also met with students who are applying to U.S. military service academies.
"He's their congressman," social studies teacher Daniel Bachman said. "It's special that he comes back every single year. It always raises the level of classroom discussion."
Massapequa High School offers a two-part Advanced Placement government program for seniors. AP U.S. Government and Politics focuses on the nation's political ideals, institutions, policies and culture, while AP Comparative Government examines political structures of several countries and how similar problems to those faced by the U.S. are solved by different governments.
Photo courtesy of Massapequa School District