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October 20, 2016 Listen up, future president! West Seattle High School students have something to say
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By Lindsay Peyton

In the fall, West Seattle High School teacher Kira Hopkins usually leads her students in lessons about literature.

This year, she decided to mix things up a bit – and get her ninth graders to focus instead on the bigger picture.

Hopkins stumbled upon a national project called Letters to the Next President 2.0 about a month ago – which encourages teens ages 13 to 18 to describe their opinions about the issues that matter most to them.

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Students have until Election Day to compose letters expressing their opinions. Then, their essays will be posted online – and remain up through the inauguration of the next president.

“I thought it was a really cool idea,” Hopkins said. “The election is so pervasive in our lives. This was a fantastic opportunity for my students to get involved.”

She asked the teens to pick a topic – then research the subject. The students were also tasked with analyzing the validity of their sources.

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