7th Grade Students Attend Council Meetings
In Mrs. Weltmer’s and Mr. Yunker’s social studies classes, 7th grade students have been learning about the Roman Empire and civic duty. As an alternative assignment for the classes, students could go to any public/government meeting or school board meeting and receive extra credit. At one of the township meetings, a student got to meet Melissa Ackison who is running for a state senate seat.
“It’s great when Galion’s City Council and city officials allow us to come in and explain how government works, provide real examples of checks, and how legislation is created. This experience has shown students how our government works—from agenda to roll call, the voting that takes place, debating, 2nd and 3rd readings, and council members questioning the budget—it’s all good stuff,” Mr. Yunker said.
Different things that students said about the experience were learning about some of the budget and how the city has been spending it in some ways, and also learning how much they will be spending next year, how they budget for the next few years, and they vote on everything.
“It’s learning taking place outside of the classroom walls—real world examples. We would really just like to thank the mayor, city council, and our city managers for helping to educate our students. It just shows how much they care about our students also,” Yunker added.