Congressman Rick Allen visits Dublin City Schools

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LAURENS COUNTY (41NBC/WMGT) – Dublin City Schools got a special visit Friday morning. The schools have been recognized on a federal level for their outstanding innovations.

Congressman Rick Allen was welcomed with open arms from students and teachers as he took a look at their work in progress.

“It’s a big deal when someone who is making decisions at the federal level has enough time to come down to the local level and interact with students,” says Dr. Frederick, Superintendent of Dublin City Schools.

Congressman Allen delivered a special message to Dublin City Schools’ students.

He says, ” I want every American to have the opportunity to live the American dream.”

Congressman Allen is a school choice advocate. Since Dublin City Schools are part of a charter school system, he wanted to see what new methods and strategies the schools were using to get students to the next level.

Allen says it’s a team effort to make the learning effective.

“You have to have parents, teachers, administrators and everybody involved,” Allen explains.

Each school in Dublin is based on different themes. Parents have a choice to select the school they want their child to attend depending on their career path. Susie Dasher Elementary is a STEAM school and Hillcrest Elementary is based on leadership, environment and public service.

Congressman Allen stopped by the smart lab at Susie Dasher to see how students built houses made of straw, brick and wood. The students read “The Three Little Pigs” before building the homes and were able to test their durability.

Allen says, “The excitement of the teachers, the passion they have to teach and we know that is critical but these young people is the future of the country.”

Other innovations in Dublin include incoming ninth graders getting college credits during the summer, middle school students getting Microsoft certification and elementary students at Hillcrest learning how to become leaders.

This is fifth year Dublin City Schools have been part of the school choice initiative. School leaders say since then, graduation rates have increased.