Congressman Paul Cook speaks at Inland Leaders
California Eighth District Congressman Paul Cook spoke to students at Inland Leaders Charter School at a special assembly May 24 on the school’s outdoor field.
In alignment with the school’s focus on leadership and community service, Cook spoke to the kindergarten through eighth grade students about caring for others around them and making a difference.
“What do you do if you see someone fall?” Cook asked the students. “Do you help them up?” The students all shouted a resounding “yes!”
“I hope you do. And that’s because you can all make a difference during your life. And by making a difference, you make our country better. You might discover a cure for cancer, or travel to far lands to help people who are starving, you might put on a uniform and be in harm’s way, and sometimes, soldiers die. But we do these things because it makes society better and able to do more things for more people,” Cook told the students.
Cook told the kids about his own military service serving as a Marine for 26 years.
“It was important to me to give back to my country and that has enabled me to be successful,” he said.
“To sum it up, you guys are our future and hope. Everything I do is about you and until I die I’m going to try to make difference. I want you to make a special effort to make a difference to your family, your friends, your community and your country as citizens of the U.S,” he said.
Cook also extended a personal invitation to any of the students who might make the trip to Washington D.C. someday for a personalized tour of the capitol building, his office and Longworth Hall.
Eighth grader Landon Myers said he may just be able to take Cook up on the offer. “I’m going on the school trip to Washington D.C. this summer,” said Myers. “It was great to hear from Cook today about helping our country and making a difference.”
Sixth grader Emily Masel said she enjoyed Assemblyman Cook’s trip to ILCS.
“It was cool to have him to come to the school. I didn’t know he served and it was nice to hear about it,” she said.
Another sixth grader, Keo McChesney agreed. “I learned that he served and that we are the future of congress. Everyone here can make a difference.”