Civics Engagement Day

Submitted by denise.taylor on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 16:38
Thanks UTA!
Working on "mock"-bills on the House Floor
Rep. Welton giving a tour
Spring Lake 5th graders at the Utah State Capital
Working hard on the House floor

Who gets to sit in a Representative's chair for an extended period of time, besides an elected official? These students from Spring Lake Elementary did. Invited by Representative Doug Welton, the students participated in Civics Engagement Day and got as close to being a legislator as it could get for a 5th grader. After a lesson on law making with Rep. Welton, and a brief tour, the students had the opportunity to propose, debate and vote on "mock"-bills on the House Floor of the Utah State Capitol. But being in the chairs, having their own placards, voting on the tablets and seeing their names and faces on the voting board made it real enough for them.

So many thanks to Rep. Welton, Paige Laursen and the Capitol Staff, Principal Teresa Jordan and Smantha Aramburu with UTA for helping provide this experience. 


Article and photos by Perry Ewell