Madeleine Lombard, Aislyn Jewett and  Max Shannon: Describe help given by Peter Kocot 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Teens describe help given by state Rep. Peter Kocot

In September, we teens missed a day of school to travel to the Statehouse to testify about the dangers of climate change and the need for strong clean energy legislation.

Rep. Peter Kocot met us at his office, offered advice for speaking effectively to legislators, gave us a personal tour of the Statehouse, then escorted us to a packed room where hundreds of citizens waited to testify to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. By ceding to us his own opportunity to testify, Rep. Kocot enabled three youths from western Massachusetts to be the first members of the public to speak at this hearing.

The photos taken at the event show our energy and passion. They also show a gracious representative standing tall in the background as he supported his young constituents.

We are grateful for the opportunity Rep. Kocot gave us, and we are very saddened by his death.

Madeleine Lombard


Aislyn Jewett


Max Shannon