URBANDALE, Iowa — Students used the power of social media to convince a presidential candidate to come to their homecoming festivities.
“Everybody was tweeting at candidates or emailing candidates and I was aiming high, I wanted Donald Trump,” says Senior Alex Newberg.
Newberg’s request paid off.
At a school assembly Thursday morning, students learned Donald Trump will be coming to speak before the school’s homecoming dance on Saturday.
The idea, which started as a joke in Anne La Pietra’s Government class, quickly turned into an assignment.
“My AP Government students during work time got their phones out and started tweeting for fun and then it just really took off from there,” says La Pietra.
Students reached out to candidates with social media, emails and by calling campaign offices.
They used the hashtag #UHSPresiDance.
La Pietra says the assignment got her students interested and excited about politics.
“It’s been incredibly moving as a teacher, it’s one of the moments I’ll never forget.”
Like Newberg many seniors will be able to vote for the first time this year and through this assignment learned just how powerful their voices can be.
“Our votes actually do matter now, it will be exciting to actually go out there and choose,” says Newberg.
Trump will then speak at Urbandale’s Stadium at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The event is free and open to the public. To register, click here.