Inspired by legislation that grew from the efforts of students following a local tragedy, State Representative Mike Hope (R-Lake Stevens) announced today that the opening series of Idearaisers in the Washington 100 Ideas program will focus on education and be held at high schools throughout Snohomish County.
The 100 Ideas Initiative is a non-partisan project designed to solicit the best ideas for Washington’s future. IdeaRaisers are public meetings designed to encourage input and discussion about those ideas and suggestions.
Hope said his wife, Sara, who is a former special education teacher and high school basketball coach in Snohomish County, first suggested launching the program with young people. She has taken a lead role in organizing the meetings.
“What better group of people to hear from about the future of our state than the future leaders of our state?” Sara said. “Hearing about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for Washington will be insightful. And giving them the opportunity to participate in that discussion with elected officials like Mike will hopefully be inspirational for them too,” she concluded.
“When Sara suggested we start this program in our schools, I was reminded of the difference local students made back in 2005,” Rep. Hope said.
“Courtney Amisson was killed in November of 2002 as a result of a car accident that resulted in her being struck by a speaker box that was not secured in the car. In 2005, HB 1246 was initiated and lobbied by seniors from Snohomish High School. As a direct result of their actions, the Washington legislature passed the bill, requiring that all audio equipment be secured to the automobile.”
The first Idearaisers will be held at the following high schools. Rep Hope will be attending government classes throughout the day to conduct the Idearaisers:
Cascade High School
Snohomish High School
Jackson High School
Marysville Getchell High School
Teacher Mike Wilson, of Cascade High School, had this to say, “We are glad to see the 100 ideas of Washington being made available to the students here at Cascade High School. Very seldom do students get a chance to identify the needs they have for their future as Washingtonians possibly affect the decision making that will take place for a better tomorrow. We look forward to a day with Representative Hope.”
High school seniors attending will be eligible for two $5,000 scholarships to be awarded to students who submit the best ideas to the 100 Ideas program and complete their application by September 1, 2011.
For more information, or to host an IdeaRaiser in your area, visit the 100 Ideas website at www.100ideasWA.org.