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Students going beyond the classroom to learn about local government

Grades 7 and 8 students from St. Gregory Catholic School in Picton are getting an inside look at local government this week.

As part of Local Government Week, the County of Prince Edward welcomed more than 50 students to participate in the beyond the classroom program to learn more about local government and its impact on their daily lives.

“Inviting youth voices into local government conversations is critical,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “We welcome this chance to engage young people in a meaningful way that gets them excited about participating in local democracy.”

Students received an overview of local government administration and the new council strategic plan. They are also having a look at topics such as elections, budgeting, communications, affordable housing and sustainability.

County staff are giving short presentations followed by activities where students work together to answer questions and tackle problems related to local government.

The week concludes Friday with students participating in a mock council meeting at Shire Hall where they will also meet with councillors and ask them questions about their role.

“I am so excited to see Local Government Week being paired with our ‘Curiosity Creates Change (C3)’ program, which encourages inquiry-based learning among our Grade 7/8 students,” says Tracy Thomlinson, Principal of St. Gregory Catholic School. “This opportunity will allow our students to learn about local government, ask questions and guide their own learning within their community.”

Local Government Week was developed by the Association of Municipal Clerks Treasurers of Ontario (AMTCO) in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). The aim of the week is to increase public and youth awareness of the amazing opportunities that exist within the sector.

The County’s Clerk’s Office is spearheading the Local Government Week program with participation of staff across the organization.

The Clerk’s Office also offers educational opportunities throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more, contact clerks@pecounty.on.ca or call 613.476.2148 extension 1022.

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