Rep. Peter Abbarno meets with local students, encourages them to make a positive difference

Rep. Peter Abbarno recently toured schools in the Centralia School District, where he met with students to discuss career-readiness, trades careers, apprenticeships, college and secondary education, as well as opportunities in the legal and governmental fields. 

His first visit was to Futurus High School, a small pioneering school in an alternative setting that provides a personalized learning environment.

“Basic education is the paramount duty of the State of Washington,” said Abbarno. “We must continue to strive for excellence by meeting the educational needs of all our students, whether college bound or career ready. Futurus is helping both families in the district and our Centralia students by meeting their unique needs along their educational paths.”

Later that day, the 20th District lawmaker met with several classes at Centralia Middle School to discuss how to help students build upon their educational foundation to be successful in their personal and professional lives.

In Mr. Gedney’s 7th grade class, Abbarno talked about his many jobs during his career journey, from delivering newspapers, to working at a butcher shop, landscaping, politics, and even the many areas of law he has practiced as an attorney.

At Centralia Middle School, Abbarno met with over 50 students between classrooms and meetings. The day was coordinated by Centralia School District College/Career Counselor
Amy Hendrickson.

“Middle school students don’t need to find their career at age 12,” said Abbarno. “This is a time to develop, support, and promote their passion and find ways to turn that passion into a career.  Ms. Hendrickson and the staff in the Centralia School District are really focused on making sure students know their options and help them achieve their goals.”

“Too many students ask about salaries; your salary should not be the end goal,” added Abbarno. “If you find your passion – if you love what you do – then do it to the best of your ability and the money will come. The primary focus should be on whether you love your job and whether it brings you satisfaction in life. The most important factor is making a positive difference in the lives of your family, your friends, and your community.”


Washington State House Republican Communications