Dear HTS Community:
Last week, Congressman Frelinghuysen visited HTS and spoke with our fourth grade students. Our students learned about civics from what historians call a “primary source.” In addition, Congressman Frelinghuysen allowed the students to ask questions about Congress, the President, and even foreign affairs. Each student received a pin, a copy of the U.S. Constitution and the school received an American flag that was recently flown over the U.S. Capitol Building. One of our fourth graders, Maya T. wrote an essay summarizing the visit – please read it below:
Getting to Know Congressman Frelinghuysen
On May 19, 2014 an amazing man came to the Harding Township School. His name is Rodney Frelinghuysen. But, most people call him “Congressman Frelinghuysen”. He is a Congressman. Frelinghuysen plays a very important role in his job. He works at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. As a Congressman, he helps to make laws. Mr. Frelinghuysen’s visit was very interesting. He came to meet the fourth graders at the Harding Township School. He came to talk to us about his job and tell us a little about his life.
Do you really know Congressman Frelinghuysen?
Mr. Frelinghuysen has lived in America all his life. He lives on James Street in Harding, New Jersey. Mr. Frelinghuysen has two daughters. His oldest daughter teaches a kindergarten class. Before he became a Congressman, he was drafted into the Army. He trained at Fort Dix. Then went to fight in Vietnam. He served in the Army from 1969-1971. As a child, Mr. Frelinghuysen went to the Peck School in Morristown, New Jersey. His father also went to the Peck School.
What would it be like as a Congressman?
As I said before, Mr. Frelinghuysen plays a very important role in his job. He represents the 11th District of New Jersey, which includes parts of Morris, Essex, Passaic, and Sussex Counties. Mr. Frelinghuysen has been a Congressman for about twenty years. He works in the House of Representatives, in the U.S Capitol Building. Mr. Frelinghuysen’s term is up every two years. So, he has been voted for ten times! There are 435 people in the House of Representatives that represent the American people, both men and women. Mr. Frelinghuysen cares a lot about his job; he drives from Harding to Washington every Monday. Then on Friday he drives back to Harding. Keeping himself educated, Mr. Frelinghuysen reads three newspapers a day, reads tons of books, and watches a little bit of news on television. Mr. Frelinghuysen actually gets to meet the President. He meets him at least twice a year. Mr. Frelinghuysen makes $168,000 a year.
I am very, very happy that Congressman Frelinghuysen came to visit! I learned a lot of information from his visit. Hopefully, more fourth graders after us get to meet Rodney Frelinghuysen. I am hoping we have more great representatives like him in the future. Thank you Congressman Frelinghuysen for coming! Also, thank you Mr. Spelker, Ms. Mulligan and Ms. Hinds for organizing this event!