SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — On June 1, Spring Lake Heights School seventh-graders journeyed to the town hall for the borough’s annual Youth Government Day.
Youth Government Day is a tradition that has been taking place for many decades at Spring Lake Heights School.
The seventh grade got a chance to hold a town council meeting, and students all wrote proposals that explained what they would like to see changed, fixed, or updated in their town.
This gave the students a chance to voice their opinions and take action in their own community.
Some of the proposals included adding a dog park in town, the creation of a downtown area and painting bike lanes on some of the major roads.
The students also had the opportunity to apply for positions on the town council and other members of the town council meetings. After the seventh grade performed their council meeting, they attended Spring lake Manor for a luncheon with the eighth-grade students, teachers, members of the Board of Education, Police and Fire department members and the town council.
According to seventh-grade social studies teacher Kevin Preston, students leading up to Youth Government Day learned about constitutional history and civics.
“The seventh graders learn about the US Constitution and the levels of government in the United States. They learn about being active citizens through simulations and analyzing primary sources. Youth Government Day gives the students a chance to use what they learned and put it in action,” said Mr. Preston.
“The seventh graders are able to see firsthand how local government can have an impact on a community. “
The eighth-graders are also involved in Youth Government Day and were able to get into the fire trucks and learn about the day in the life of a firefighter. They also got the tour of the police station and learned all about the responsibilities of the Spring Lake Heights police.
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