On Thursday, Oct. 25 nineteen students from Amity Middle School in Orange had the inspiring opportunity to participate in this year’s Government Day.
Students wrote an essay to the event’s coordinator, social studies teacher Jennifer Marganski, explaining why they would like to take on a particular municipal job for the day and what they hoped to learn from the experience.
The following students assumed the following positions for the day:
• First Selectman – Michaela Kraut, Ryan Kennedy
• Police Chief – Anne Marie Allen, Ben Grasso, Brian Forbes
• Building Inspector – Ruby Ciskowski
After an exciting morning session in the town hall board room led by Town Clerk Pat O’Sullivan, students spent the rest of their time with their mentors. The day was even more meaningful with the upcoming election. Students got to hear more about the election process and how they, as future voters, are the most important people in town. They also learned how democracy is indeed an evolutionary process and that government operates collectively to do what we cannot do individually.
Marganski said, “Many thanks go to the Amity Orange PTSO and Student Council for help subsidizing this trip. The students would not be treated to their luncheon at Chips without their support.”
“Thank you also to Principal Kathi Cutler and Jack Gianotti for attending the trip and embracing the students experiences about Government Day,” she said.