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Thursday, May 14, 2009


Sarabelle is in the 4-H Legislature! From the manual:

The Florida 4-H Legislature provides an opportunity for teen 4-H members to have a “learn by doing”
experience in state government each summer. When delegates participate in the Florida 4-H Legislature they have an actual experience in all three branches of Florida’s government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Florida 4-H laws are considered and passed or vetoed in a model legislative session at the Florida State Capitol.

During this five-day event, 4-H’ers will serve as Florida 4-H senators, representatives, lobbyists, reporters, Lt. Governor or Governor. Lobbyists will also have the opportunity to serve as a page and/or experience being a Supreme Court Justice, lawyer or juror.

This event is a “mock” legislative experience. Proposed bills do not represent the position of the State 4-H program. 4-H’ers may defend a position just to learn how to debate and not necessarily because they would choose that position in “real life.”

The purpose of the Florida 4-H Legislature is to provide experience that prepares 4-H members for leadership in the American democratic process. Each participant learns, practices and defends the theory and process of representing citizens and making public policy.

1. Learn about state government.
2. Understand formal and informal government structure.
3. Become aware of societal issues and potential solutions.
4. Apply moral and ethical valuing processes to public policy making.
5. Develop confidence in — and dedication to — the democratic process.
6. Gain communication skills.
7. Listen to varying viewpoints.
8. Respect the opinions and rights of others.
9. Learn about career opportunities in government.
10. Be prepared to return to a local community and be an active citizen.

During the week, we are fortunate to be able to use several Capitol, government and historic buildings and facilities. The Old Capitol, New Capitol, House and Senate office buildings, Supreme Court and other historic and public buildings will be used.

Meanwhile, Grice and Elle got a spot in kayak camp. The first session was full and the third session conflicts with potential travel plans, so they got the second session. It happens to be the same week Sarabelle will be away for the legislature. How perfect is that?


Anonymous said...

Please Support Rand Paul for Senate 2010! Finally a politician standing strong for homeschool rights! http://www.randpaul2010.com/issues/home-schooling

L said...

Sorry, Rand Paul, not when you hijack my comments.