GHS students participate in City Government Day

April 23, 2013 01:38 PM
GHS freshmen spent the day at city hall.  This is the 23rd year for this event which expands upon the students’ study of local government.

The experience began with talks from various city officials: Mayor Sal Garza, City Clerk Kelli Bennewitz, City Manager, Todd Thompson, and Director of Community Development, Roy Parkin. The city officials gave speeches about functions and responsibilities of local government.  All students were given tours of the public safety building and city hall before heading to lunch. At the luncheon, Joel Estes, a Noon Rotary club member, spoke of influential people and how young people can make a difference. Students then spent one hour shadowing Galesburg city staff.  GHS freshman Aedan Gebru commented, "It's fun learning about things going on in city hall and how purchasing is handled." The day ended with certificates of participation given by Mayor Garza.
"The kids have learned a lot of new things.  They were able to make connections on how local government affects their lives,"  Teresa Carlock, a GHS teacher noted.
The students look forward to this annual event and appreciate the time and effort given by all the sponsoring organizations.
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This press release was prepared by Anna Robinson, GHS freshman.


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