Ohio Youth in Government
The Batavia Middle School 6th grade gifted students in Mrs. Bradburn’s class participated in the Ohio Youth in Government program in December. A joint effort with the Clermont YMCA. Acting as Senators and representatives, students wrote, debated, and then voted on legislation created by themselves and other 6th – 8th grade students from all over the state of Ohio. Students presented three bills at the Ohio Statehouse:
Bill 1: Tax Abatement Loopholes in Fracking
Bill 2: Reinstate the qualification requirements for gifted coordinators.
Bill 3: Ohio Water Buffer
The Ohio Water Buffer Bill passed and unanimously won the Best of Bills award. The tax abatement bill received the award from the House for Outstanding Bill. Youth in Government is a national government and politics program that promotes civic literacy as well as community service. A great way to get students involved in government.
Find out more about how you can get involved on the website, http://www.ohioymcayig.org/
A recent visit to Madeira Middle School yielded a pleasant surprise. A visual display of “soles” hanging from the ceiling. Upon closer investigation, hanging from each of the shoes were were myths and realities about poverty, homelessness, and hunger.
When I asked the 7th grade team about the display, they shared that the hanging soles was much bigger than shoes hanging from the ceiling. It was a part of an interdisciplinary service-learning project taking place this year. Students are researching and answering their own questions about poverty, homelessness, and hunger. Students will have an opportunity to share their learning with the community, as they gear up to host their Empty Bowls dinner on December 4 at Madeira Middle School.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to raise money and awareness for organizations that support poverty, homelessness, and hunger, locally and abroad. During the dinner, student writing will be highlighted and interactive awareness booths about poverty, homelessness, and hunger will be available.
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