Throughout the year, fourth grade classes at Hastings-Mallory Elementary have learned about government through social studies lessons and in collaboration with the school’s library media specialist.
Students were responsible for understanding the levels of government and the various roles of each within the three levels.
To shed a whole new light on their lessons in government, the school invited members of local and state government to visit the school to share their roles and responsibilities with students.
To represent the Central Square School District Board of Education, Lori Wood and Michael Lawyea attended the event.
On the county level, legislators Jim Weatherup and John Martino attended, and from the state level, Assemblyman Will Barclay also visited the school to speak to students and answer questions.
Each of these elected officials shared their responsibilities for the various roles that they serve.
Students generated questions that were given to all of the attendees to answer.
In addition, three Paul V. Moore High School seniors, who are currently taking a college government course, came into classrooms to teach a mini-lesson on the three branches of government and the roles or each.
“This was an outstanding culminating activity for the fourth grade students,” said fourth grade teacher Alicia Crandall. “The students now have a greater understanding of elected officials, policies, rules, regulations and laws.”