Over the past several years Sen. Leahy has conducted many online chats with students of all ages throughout Vermont. Leahy has found them to be very informative and fun, both for the students and for the Senator himself. The goal for these chats is to encourage student civic participation by demonstrating that government is accessible and accountable to their concerns.
Leahy is always impressed by the level of knowledge, curiosity, and creativity that our students' questions reflect. Questions range from topics such as landmines, the death penalty and the environment, to what it is like to be a United States senator and whether or not he believes that Champ, the Lake Champlain sea monster, exists.
Below are links to a summary of online chats Sen. Leahy has held with students in Vermont. To view any of these summaries just click on the title of your choice.
On December 12, 2018, Senator Leahy continued his series of online chats with Vermont students - this time, with Harwood Union Middle School's 7th and 8th grade classes, taught by Mr. Nicolas Gordon and Ms. Sarah Ibson. He enjoyed answering the students' questions about gun safety, environmental and pollution issues, and other topics. Senator Leahy talked about some of his most memorable votes during his time in the Senate and the importance of voter participation. This chat was Senator Leahy… Continue Reading
On November 14, 2018, Senator Leahy continued his series of online chats with Vermont students - this time, with Sheldon Elementary School's 8th grade class, taught by Mr. Edward Kolnaski. He was very impressed by the students' questions about the legislative process, and other topics such as religious freedom. Senator Leahy also discussed his life experiences, work for Vermont in the Senate and the importance of reading in his life.… Continue Reading
On October 31, 2018, Senator Leahy continued his series of online chats with Vermont students - this time, with Ludlow Elementary School's 6th grade class, taught by Ms. Heidi Baitz. He enjoyed answering their questions about environmental issues facing Lake Champlain, and about what being a senator entails. Senator Leahy also discussed the important role that immigrants have played in shaping the United States, and about what students can do to lead healthy and active lives.… Continue Reading
On October 17, 2018, Senator Leahy hosted an online chat with Colchester High School's "Senior Seminar Civics" class. He regularly holds these live chats with Vermont students, and this was his first of the new school year. Senator Leahy was impressed by the students' questions on how things have changed in his four decades in the Senate. He also enjoyed answering their questions about his thoughts on current issues of interest including climate change to school safety.… Continue Reading
On March 8, 2018, Senator Leahy had his annual online chat with fourth grade students from Jericho Elementary School. The chat had been originally scheduled for February but was rescheduled due to a snowstorm that cancelled school. Senator Leahy said he enjoyed answering the students' questions about his life and work for Vermont on Capitol Hill. The students also asked insightful questions about current political issues facing Vermont and the nation.… Continue Reading
On December 6, 2017, Senator Leahy had the opportunity to chat with students from Peoples Academy High School in Morrisville. Senator Leahy enjoyed answering questions from students who are studying genocide, human rights, international law and foreign policy as well as students studying Spanish. Senator Leahy was very impressed with the students' thoughtful questions and enjoyed hearing their insights on human rights abuses and genocide and how the United States can be a global leader. He al… Continue Reading
On April 4, 2017, Senator Leahy conducted an online chat with the sixth graders of Ludlow Elementary School. The Senator was impressed by the students' curiosity on climate change and immigration, and about the importance of ensuring all Vermonters have access to health care. He also appreciated their questions about Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.… Continue Reading
On March 28, 2017, Senator Leahy had his annual online chat with the student council of Stowe Elementary School. Senator Leahy enjoyed answering the 5th and 6th graders questions about his thoughts on the Trump's administration's policies, from climate change to healthcare. The Senator was impressed by the Stowe students' thoughtful questions on highly relevant political issues.… Continue Reading
On February 16, 2017, Senator Leahy conducted an online chat with the fourth graders of Jericho Elementary School. Senator Leahy enjoyed answering their questions about what inspired him to become a Senator, and about his work to create the law that began what is now a $40 billion organic foods industry. He also discussed the importance of reading, and encouraged the students to read as much as possible to learn about the many important ways they can help change the world.… Continue Reading
On December 7, 2016, Senator Leahy conducted an online chat with the fifth graders of Fleming Elementary School. After having just finished their unit on government, Senator Leahy was quite impressed with the students' interest in the Constitution. He especially enjoyed answering their questions about the role of the three branches of government.… Continue Reading
Senator Leahy conducted an online chat with 11th and 12th graders from the Lyndon Institute of the Northeast Kingdom. He was impressed with the students' breadth of knowledge, and appreciates their drive to become further involved in their government, especially through voting. The Senator also enjoyed discussing what led him to become a lawyer, and about the ways in which conversations with Vermonters have inspired him to draft legislation.… Continue Reading
On April 7, 2016, Senator Leahy held an online chat with the seventh graders of Camel's Hump Middle School. The Senator was impressed by the students' questions, especially their interest in his work in Cuba and about the upcoming election. He also enjoyed discussing his reasons for wanting to become a Senator, and about his favorite things to do when he is home in Vermont.… Continue Reading
On February 9, 2015, Senator Leahy held an online chat with the third, fourth and fifth grade social studies classes of the Newton School. The Senator was quite impressed by the students' questions, specifically about their interest in his role as U.S. Senator for Vermont. The Senator was also impressed by the efforts of the students' teacher, Mr. Walker, to create the "Society Game" in which students learn about real life situations facing the world today.… Continue Reading
On February 3, 2015, the Senator held an online chat with the fourth graders of the Barre Town School. Senator Leahy was impressed with the students' questions, especially with regards to their desire to understand the ways in which we can promote change in our communities.… Continue Reading
On November 18, 2015, Senator Leahy hosted an online chat with the Chamberlin School of South Burlington. The Senator was impressed with the engagement of the fifth grade classrooms, and enjoyed their rendition of their school song. The Senator also enjoyed answering their questions on his long term projects in the Senate, like his work on the USDA Farm to School grant program.… Continue Reading
Senator Leahy held his first online chat of the 2015-2016 school year with the 10th and 11th graders from the Green Mountain Union High School of Chester, Vt. These students were part of the Youth and Teachers Transforming Schools Together (YATST) program, which encourages student participation in decisions regarding school change. Senator Leahy was very impressed by all of the students' questions, especially with regards to college affordability, gun control and workforce development in Vermont… Continue Reading
On June 2, 2015, Senator Leahy held an online chat with multiple grades at the People's Academy of Morrisville. The Senator enjoyed a lively discussion with the students, and enjoyed their questions regarding minimum wage and the importance of supporting the needs of Vermonters. He was especially impressed by the students' discussion on the future of Congress and the country as a whole.… Continue Reading
On May 20, 2015, Senator Leahy conducted an online chat with the seventh and eighth graders of Gilman Middle School. Senator Leahy enjoyed discussing the Trans-Pacific-Partnership and the role of China in the global economy. He was especially impressed by the students' difficult questions regarding mandatory vaccinations and ISIS.… Continue Reading
On May 5, 2015, Senator Leahy held an online chat with St. Johnsbury Academy's AP Government and Microeconomics classes. He was impressed by the students' questions regarding his role on the Judiciary Committee, as well as their discussion on the impact of the filibuster and cloture procedures in the U.S. Senate. Senator Leahy especially enjoyed hearing the students' aspirations to become leaders in Congress.… Continue Reading
On April 29, 2015, Senator Leahy held an online chat with the Stowe Elementary Student Council fourth and fifth graders for his eleventh year. He is always impressed by Stowe's students, and especially enjoyed discussing their observations regarding the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. He was also impressed by their questions about human rights and the issue of the Washington Redskins changing their name.… Continue Reading