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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

State Lawmakers Teach Moyer 4th, 5th Graders About Civic Responsibility

KY State Senator Katie Stine and State Representative Joe Fischer visited Moyer Elementary Monday/FTIS

As part of the "America's Legislators Back to School Program," Kentucky lawmakers Senator Katie Stine and Representative Joe Fischer visited Moyer Elementary 4th and 5th graders on Monday.

The topic of their visit: the students' role in their government.

Stine and Fischer gave presentations to the intermediate students, which included participating in the creation of a mock bill as it passes through the three branches of government.

Stine also told students that they have the power to make a difference, even though they do not yet have the ability to vote. "Read everything you can from many different sources," she encouraged them. "Then talk to an adult about your ideas and opinions."

Their visit came not long after the state announced that it will fund a major renovation project for the Moyer facilities.

Kentucky lawmakers from both chambers and both sides of the aisle have a history of active participation in the program, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Each year, more than 15,000 Kentucky students from kindergarten through high school are reached through the professionally-designed curriculum, which is aimed at increasing students’ knowledge about history and government.

The program is non-partisan and non-political, instead giving students motivation to follow current events, gain a greater understanding of our system of representative government, and use their own critical thinking skills.

Here are a couple more photos from Monday afternoon's visit:

- Staff report

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