Wednesday, May 7, 2014
St. John the Baptist Parish - On Thursday, May 1, 2014 Parish President Natalie Robottom sponsored over sixty 8th grade students from St. John Parish public and private schools to learn about state government and the legislative process through St. John Day at the Capitol.
The annual event planned by the Communications and Economic Development Departments, provides students with the opportunity to tour the State Capitol, meet State Senators and Representatives, and enjoy lunch on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion. Students also received a brief tour of the Governor's Mansion.
“St. John Day at the Capitol is a unique opportunity for our students to get a first-hand view of the Louisiana legislative process at work,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. Robottom added, “This event is a lesson in democracy and the process of passing laws for the governance of the state in hopes of encouraging our youth to become active participants in the process.”
Although all schools with junior high students were invited, the following schools participated this year: Ascension of Our Lord, Garyville/Mt. Airy Magnet School, John L. Ory Magnet School, Lake Pontchartrain Elementary, LaPlace Elementary, Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, Riverside Academy, St. Charles Catholic High School, St. John Alternative School and West St. John High School.
Erica Merrick, educator at West St. John High School, weighed in on the benefits of St. John Day for her students. “St. John Day at the Capitol enabled the students to have the opportunity to actually see some of the things that they hear about within the classroom. Reading and hearing about how laws are made and passed does not amount to actually seeing the senators in action and seeing the actual place where a lot of decisions are made.” Keila Joseph, educator at LaPlace Elementary, said “St. John Day directly aligns with our mission which is to create leaders who make strides toward academic excellence daily. This experience provided our students the opportunity to go beyond envisioning to experiencing and we would like to thank St. John Parish government for a wonderful experience.” St. Charles Catholic educator Courtney Millet added, "The 8th grade students from across the parish learned about our state's government by viewing the Senate in session during St. John's Day at the Capitol. We experienced first-hand Louisiana's rich history and witnessed the lawmaking process in action."