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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Richard Dreyfuss Sparks Civics Interests

According to Richard Dreyfuss, he has only had two great loves in his life: the art of acting and the United States of America. His passion and patriotism took center stage when he visited Mr. Rabalais’ AP Government class at Mansfield Legacy High School on the morning of April 20.

Since the founding the Dreyfuss Initiative, which promotes the revival of civics education in public schools, Richard Dreyfuss travels across the nation to speak to educators, teachers, parents and students about the value of teaching civics to the future leaders of the country.  

The message Dreyfuss delivers is not motivated by any particular political party. His objective is to encourage all Americans, especially our youth, to learn and become passionate about civics and the rich political history of our nation.

After observing an interactive class lesson about politics and socialization, Dreyfuss took the floor for a brief class discussion. Legacy's student newspaper, The Rider Online, reported positive student reactions and a sparked interest in civics.

 “I was really excited to see Richard Dreyfuss because he’s one of my favorite actors. I was vaguely aware of his political activism, but after seeing him, it’s definitely made him a more interesting person and I’ll certainly stay more politically aware,” senior Ian Cook said.

Dreyfuss closed his remarks with a passionate plea for students to get involved and stand up for what they believe in.

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Richard Dreyfuss pushes civic awareness in Mansfield (Mansfield News-Mirror)