NEWS 12 at 5 o'clock - October 22, 2007
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC - Students at North Augusta High School learned about the legislative process from a guy who knows it well: Governor Mark Sanford.
"To see people at the beginning of their lives with a whole lot of promise and a lot of options, I think is always encouraging," said the South Carolina governor.
And to encourage the class to communicate with their representatives, Governor Sanford got the kids out of their seats.
He divided the class into two groups. One groups was called the House of Representatives; the other, the Senate.
The class was challenged to agree on "the best movie of all time." Most decided on the movie Forrest Gump. But just like members of Congress, everyone didn't agree. Governor Sanford explained why.
"The reality of our process is, you're not going to get everything that you want all the time. In fact, you'll get much of what you don't want much of the time," said Sanford.
Students said they felt honored that the governor took time to visit their school.
"The governor, he's amazing. He's an amazing person. He cares so much for education and I really enjoyed hearing about how we're at the peak of our lives," said senior Nikki Love.
Governor Sanford says he tries to visit schools as much as possible.
"It's a chance for me to see what's happening in classrooms in South Carolina. It's a chance for me to sort of hear from students, like what's on their mind, and hopefully leave a thought or two."