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.
Mrs. Vielleux's and Mrs. Thorburn's 5th grade classes Using a video conferencing system, Senator Leahy spoke with 60 5th grade students in White River Junction, VT from his office in Washington, DC. This was Senator Leahy's first online chat with the Dothan Brook School. The students asked him questions concerning his career as a Senator as well as his life in Vermont. The students also brought up the topics of health care reform, energy conservation, and the war in Iraq. The Senator spoke with… Continue Reading
On April 22, 2009, Senator Leahy held his fifth online chat for the 2008-2009 school year. By using web cameras and microphones, Senator Leahy was able to see and hear students at Mettawee Community School and the students were able to see video of Senator Leahy from their classroom. The students asked a range of questions, from what charities does he support to whether he has any pets. While Senator Leahy was able to answer many of the students' questions via video, there were still several … Continue Reading
On April 2, 2009, Senator Leahy held his fourth online chat for the 2008-2009 school year. By using web cameras and microphones, Senator Leahy was able to see and hear the twelve students representing the student council and the students were able to see video of Senator Leahy from their classroom. The students chatted with Senator Leahy for 30 minutes and asked a range of questions, from what inspired him to become a Senator to whether he has any pets.… Continue Reading
On March 11, 2009, Senator Leahy held his second online chat using Skype, which is an online tool for making video calls and instant messaging. Senator Leahy was able to see and hear the 45 fourth and fifth graders and they were able to see video of him from their classroom in Essex. The students chatted with Senator Leahy for 30 minutes and asked a range of questions, a sample of which are available below. The photo to the left shows Senator Leahy's … Continue Reading
Senator Leahy had his first online chat using Skype, which is an online tool for making video calls and instant messaging. Senator Leahy was able to see and hear the students in the Rutland Middle School eighth-grade class, and the entire eighth-grade class (180 students and 10 faculty) was able to see and hear Senator Leahy's answers on a big screen set up in the auditorium. The students asked several questions, with the topics ranging from the Senator's appearance in the most recent Batman m… Continue Reading
CHShistory (11:52:19 AM): Thank you for taking the time to meet with our class. What is the senate doing today? SenPatrickLeahy (11:57:54 AM): Hi - I'm back from the Senate and with you now. Great to be with all of you. [and please excuse any typing mistakes, Ms McGuire knows i do my own typing! CHShistory (11:58:10 AM): Sadie: What immediate changes do you expect with the new administration? SenPatrickLeahy (11:59:12 AM): Sadie i think it will be a far more open Administr… Continue Reading
Sen Leahy: Hi - I am back. Was just telling the staff here about when I was State's Attorney and worked with Bob Graf when he was in the Legislature. Small world! Mettawee Community School: Mrs. Ahlfeld, Librarian, Mrs. Mark, Principal, Mrs. Roberts and Ms. Thomas: Thank you so much Senator Leahy for this opportunity. Mrs. Roberts is happy to hear about her father's connection to you! Sen Leahy: Thanks and Mrs. Ahlfeld i also knew Sen Lawrence years ago Mettawee Community School: That… Continue Reading
Williamstown Elementary School: Hi Senator Leahy, We are very excited to being chatting with you Williamstown Elementary School: I'm Jesse Dumont, 1 of 3 fifth grade teachers at Williamstown Elementary. Sen Leahy: Hi - Just got here and I can see you! Williamstown Elementary School: great the kids have worked hard on their questions so I am going to turn it over to them Sen Leahy:Go ahead - and as you can see i do my own typing so don't hold typos against me Williamstown Elementary Schoo… Continue Reading
Sen Leahy: It has been a crazy day here but i have been looking forward to being with you - how's Vermont today? Westford School: Sunny and a little warmer Sen Leahy: I wish i was home! Westford School: May we send our first question? Sen Leahy: please do Westford School: Jeff- What are your views on the rights to own a gun? Sen Leahy: Jeff i own many guns at my home in Vermont - i even have a makeshift pistol range in back of my house. I do not believe felons should own them Westford… Continue Reading
Stowe Elementary: Hello Senator, We are the Stowe Elementary School Student Council, and just like you, we were elected to our position. Sabrina would like to know who you would like to see as our new President? Sen Leahy: hi - i can see you all and i just left the Senate floor - Sabrina i am backing Barack Obama and i was just talking with him upstairsStowe Elementary: Gabriela would like to know how can the government help to stop global warming?Sen Leahy: Gabriela the govt can enter… Continue Reading