The Long Island Council for the Social Studies

Civics Day of the Generation Citizen Program

Students at Patchogue-Medford High School recently took part in Civics Day through the Generation Citizen Program. Students in each class reach a consensus about an action project they wish to undertake to improve the community and learn how to deal with key lawmakers, the manners of behavior, and the root causes of a problem before they proceed. Civics Day is the culmination of all of this hard work. In attendance were Councilman Neil Foley, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, State Senator Monica Martinez, and State Assemblyman Joe DeStafano. 

The projects that were presented were: 

  • Getting a student council at Patchogue-Medford
  • Getting a sidewalk on Buffalo Avenue to the High School.

Alicia Connelly-Foster and Shaun Carlson are the teachers of these civics classes. They are fufilling the state curriculum goal of civic literacy. Patchogue-Medford High School Principal, Dr. Randy Rusielewicz, has supported and helped to implement this program, which is now in its second year.