Washington Citizenship trip
Two students from the 4-H group Newell Achievers were able to experience how the national government works and see the sights of the nation's capital during a six-day program designed to help 4-H students learn how to become better and more informed citizens.
Tami White and Megan Sievers left on a bus from Sac City on June 6 to head to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Citizenship Washington Focus program. Planned to help youths identify and understand their role in society, the students have an opportunity to meet local U.S. senators and representatives, and are also able to learn more about the city and the history of the country through an extensive sightseeing tour.
Before arriving in Washington, the group was able to stop at Gettysburg National Cemetery and Battlefield for two days, where students were able to take tours around the area and see the famous Civil War battlefield.
They then continued on to the nation's capital, where they were able to visit sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington Memorial and the Washington National Cathedral. The students were also able to take a "Night View" trip, which allowed them to see all of the memorials lit up at night.
In order for White and Sievers to learn more about how the government works, workshops were set up for them to participate in. The students were split into groups, with some of them playing the part of the House of Representatives, while others would be the Senate.
Groups would get together and discuss what type of bill they wanted to present and try to get passed. Sievers' group decided to pass a bill to keep up foreign aid with Israel, while White's group had to decide whether or not to change the drinking age. They decided they wanted to keep it at 21 years old.
At night, the students would then meet in delegation huddles to discuss what they would do the next day, what they needed to wear, and how they would get there. Transportation usually came from the Metro system, and Sievers said it was an interesting experience using the Metro at rush hour.
The cost of the trip, which included lodging at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., transportation, most meals and all program activity costs, was $850. Both Newell girls received $200 from the county 4-H Campership Fund and $75 from the Newell Achievers to help pay for the cost.
Both girls enjoyed the trip and would go on it again. They recommend this 4-H experience to other 4-H'ers because it is not something that most people get to experience. The next CWF trip for B.V. County will be the summer of 2004.