LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—For the second year, Lincoln Middle School students have gotten to spend some time with actual city and county planners learning how they do their jobs.
The seventh graders spent the last month doing some land planning of their own; and Friday student presented their plans for the redevelopment of the Mobil Oil site.
"There's some residential here for people to buy houses and live by the riverside and if they live there they're also not too far away from the boat landing," Briar Kjos, seventh grade student said.
Students thought of everything even adding a cell phone tower so people in La Crosse can get better reception.
"My favorite part would have to be the statue in the middle representing the war eagle that sunk," Jazmine Valencia, seventh grade student said.
"My favorite part is either our drive in movie our wildlife refuge. Our drive in movie is because there isn't one anywhere close to La Crosse," Katharine Baines, seventh grade student said.
Charlie Handy, La Crosse County Planner, said all of the kids ideas were great; he loves that they thought about what would be fun for them.
"Sometimes as adults," Handy said. "As policy makers we have difficulty remembering those things, remembering when we were doing those things and having fun so its really important for us to get that perspective."
For the city, right now, they are in the early planning phases of the Mobil Oil project.
They hope some of the students ideas can help spark the publics interest in the project as they decide what to actually do with the land.
"These kids came up with some good ideas," Handy said. "There's some things in here that would probable work on the site."
Even though nothing is built yet, the kids are still walking away with an important lesson.
"Getting to work with a bunch of people," Baines said.
Learning to compromise and work with others keeping the communities best interests in mind.
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