GMSD students ‘Storm the Hill’ in State Capitol

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, a delegation from Germantown Municipal Schools attended Senate and House legislative sessions in Nashville, Senate and House committee meetings, and met face-to-face with their state legislators, including Senator Brian Kelsey. This interactive opportunity titled “Storm the Hill”, allowed students to see the inner workings of their state government.  Led by two brave parent sponsors, Laura Meanwell and Terri Harris Smith, the group enjoyed a full schedule.

The students took part in a mock vote to learn how a bill becomes a law, and stopped by for a group picture with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. At the conclusion of the tour the State Capitol, the students visited the Tennessee State Museum next door—where the Emancipation Proclamation is currently on display.

“It’s so vital our students have an awareness of their community beyond Germantown. Once they have that, they can get plugged in and be introduced to the process of government,” said Germantown School Board member Natalie Williams. Williams serves as the Tennessee Legislative Network representative for the school board. “The board supports our students gaining this valuable opportunity so they can come back and share their experiences.”

Sponsored by the Tennessee Parent Teacher Association, students from across the district were chosen by their individual schools to participate in the Nashville excursion. Most students involved were heavily involved in the Student Government Associations. Students who attended were interested in government and familiarized themselves with legislative policy and content.

At the conclusion of the day, students went home with a State of Tennessee Blue Book. The Tennessee Blue Book serves as a manual of useful information on our state and government, both past and present. It contains information on the makeup of Tennessee state government, state history, national and state constitutions, most recent election results, and census data.

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