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|Stone-Hayes Legislative Interns Honored
|The Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living in Galesburg honored eight graduates Wednesday of its Legislative Internship program.
Associate Director Vanya Peterson tells WGIL the program aims at teaching individuals with disabilities leadership, government policies, and other advocacy methods.
"We're going to be celebrating the ADA anniversary next month," she said. "And because people that had disabilities back then felt so strongly and passionate about that, we're trying to encourage and empower new generations of individuals to get out and be a part of the community."
17th District Congressman Bobby Schilling presented each of the interns with letters of appreciation. He tells WGIL he's humbled to promote equal opportunity for Stone-Hayes residents.
"As I was just listening to one of the young ladies saying what an honor and how great it was having me here, it's more of an honor for me to be here," Schilling said. "Just seeing what these folks are doing, going through the internship and continuing to be independent-- it's just very humbling."
The sixteen-week program began in 1999. Stone-Hayes will be hosting a graduation ceremony next week at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
74th District State Representative Don Moffitt and Galesburg Deputy Mayor Wayne Allen joined in Wednesday's celebration.
(Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living Executive Director Dale Parsons, Congressman Bobby Schilling, and State Representative Don Moffitt round out the back row among some of the Legislative Interns recognized Wednesday; WGIL Photo and News Story by Kyle Schassburger).
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