Students from Meridian High School and Tri County High School had a hands-on experience with county government, traveling to the Saline County Courthouse in Wilber to learn about the ways government affects their lives.
Meridian and Tri County were joined by students from four other schools in Saline County Wednesday. The students formed different groups and visited with elected officials. At noon they traveled to the new American Legion Building in Wilber for a lunch provided by the American Legion. Afterward, they had the opportunity to tour the Saline County Jail.
Tri County Social Studies Teacher Bryce Simpson explained that his students learn a lot during County Government Day which helps to better prepare them for the future.
“We bring our seniors who are taking American Government class, so it really ties in and gives them some perspective on local and state governments,” said Simpson. “This is real life experience where they can talk to the people who actually hold those offices and learn about what those offices can do for the students later in their lives. Saline County puts on a really good County Government Day.”
Van Vanderschaaf, who teaches at Meridian High School is glad his students have the opportunity to learn about county government, noting their opportunity to visit each office in the courthouse and to meet with law enforcement. He believes this is an important learning experience for all students.
“It’s really great to see how the county is set up and what kind of services are available in the county,” Vanderschaaf said. “A lot of times students don’t realize just how much county government plays a role in their lives. I really like that they get to see all of the aspects of county government. This could be a career for some of them in the future. It’s nice to get to know the people in your community who have these jobs. It’s just a good educational experience for everyone.”
Here are some photos from throughout the day: