MEDFORD, Ore. -- Class is in session at Hedrick Middle School. On this day Mr. Voskes is helping students turn social studies from a noun to a verb.
"The whole idea is having kids starting to think about what types of bills they would be interested in seeing become actual laws," Voskes says.
Mr. Voskes has been teaching at Hedrick for the last 17 years.
"You see kids 10 years from now who are now in the workforce and are applying what they learned here in the Medford School District."
It’s a job that he may never quit.
“It’s an opportunity to create an environment that where reality exceeds expectations."
And a job that's always evolving as the time changes.
"Our goal is for them to come back in our community and contribute back and ultimately everyone benefits from this," Voskes adds
It’s a profession that will now change even more now that the Student Success Act gets put into place in 2020.
"We now have an opportunity for every kid across the spectrum to give them an opportunity to be successful," Voskes says.
The act will give $500,000 to K -12 schools in Oregon.
"We want kids leaving our school system feeling they can now pursue a career and what they career looks like the student success act provides infusion of opportunity for money," Voskes says.
The money will go towards the students and more importantly their future.
"It’s a hand up and not a hand out and it’s an opportunity that creates classroom structure that gives kids motivation and inspiration," Voskes says.