COVINGTON — A group of Covington students in grades 3-6 recently got an up-close look at the place the wheels of government turn and the chance to meet one of the cogs in that wheel.
Seventeen of the 18 members of student council took a field trip to the state capital, where they visited the Statehouse and met Ohio’s 5th District senator, Bill Beagle.
“I try to take kids on field trip that are meaningful,” Kelly Thomas, student council adviser, explained.
She started planning the trek to the state capital in October, and earlier this year contacted Sen. Beagle’s office to set up an appointment with him.
“He talked to them a little about things he’s done, bills he’s passed and what he does on a daily basis,” Thomas said. “Then he had about 10 minutes where the kids could ask him questions.”
Among the questions the students ask during the Q&A were:
“Have you ever met the president?” (No.)
“How often do you have to come to the Statehouse” (Tuesday through Thursday)
They also asked the senator about his family and personal life, Thomas said.
In addition to meeting Sen. Beagle, the youngsters took a 45-minute tour of the Statehouse and went to a hands-on museum.
“Also, Rep. (Steve) Huffman was in session that day, but he had his secretary meet with the kids and give them informational packages made up for them,” Thomas said.
“It was a great experience for the student council members.”
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