ELIZABETH – Elizabeth Public Schools joined city officials in hosting the “Youth in City Government Day” on April 28. The event has been held for the past 55 years and gives the students of Elizabeth a unique opportunity to manage their city.
Students from Elizabeth’s public and parochial high schools shadowed Board of Education and city officials during a morning conference at the City Council Chamber in City Hall. The young officials spent the morning learning job responsibilities from their mentors. Afterwards students attended a luncheon at The Crowne Plaza in Elizabeth which featured the 44th annual presentation of the “Youth of the Year” award. This year the award was given to Leighann V. Moreira from Elizabeth High School for demonstrating responsible leadership in school organizations and community service.
The “Youth of the Year Award” represents the pride that the city of Elizabeth has for its students of today and its citizens of the future. Since its inception forty-four years ago, this award has recognized students for their leadership in school and for their service to the community-at-large.
Pablo Muñoz, superintendent of schools, commented, “These dedicated, hard working students are an outstanding example of what can be achieved when we have a laser-like focus on teaching and learning. If we continue to provide educational experiences that foster excellence, our dreams of becoming one of the best school systems in the state of New Jersey will be realized.”
“The students of the Elizabeth Public Schools who participated in Youth in City Government Day learned a life lesson about the importance of community service and leadership. Hopefully, this experience will inspire these students to pursue positions of leadership and to contribute to their communities,” said Francisco González, Board of Education president.