CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: It was a grassroots lesson in democracy and civics.

Recently elected members of the Lawrence City Council and School Committee took to the stage in front of 200 people in the South Lawrence East School auditorium Thursday night to be officially sworn in by City Clerk Bill Maloney.

They were joined by two of the newly elected board members for Greater Lawrence Technical High School.

After being sworn in — holding up their right hands and repeating after the clerk, promising to uphold the Constitution along with local and state laws — the councilors met to choose their leaders for the next two years.