LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – On Tuesday, local high school students learned how local government affects younger residents through “Youth & Government Day”.
La Crosse County and the American Legion sponsored Tuesday’s event, as students from Holmen, Melrose-Mindoro, and Bangor High Schools visited the La Crosse County Administrative Center.
Students also had the opportunity to see La Crosse County sheriff cars, their bearcat vehicle, weapons, and patrol boats. Students got to tour the County Jail, Justice Sanction Center, and Juvenile Detention facility.
“We want students to know they have a government right here in their backyard. They have county board supervisors, they have town boards, village boards. If they have issues that are going on, we want them to know they can talk to these people. They can make a difference. They can vote to put different ordinances in place or resolutions and that they can talk to these people,” La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer said.
Students also had the opportunity to learn more about how important La Crosse County is in their everyday lives.
“A lot of things I saw today I didn’t know. I think people should know where their money is going, who is in charge of things. I didn’t know who my supervisor was, and I learned that today so that’s a good thing,” Melrose-Mindoro High School Junior Ronni Clements said.
Before touring La Crosse County enforcement facilities, students also got to take part in a mock-debate, and heard from guest speakers such as Senator Jennifer Schilling and State Representative Jill Billings.
“How everything is run, with so many people, you didn’t know that this many people were involved. Besides cops, you think there are a few amount of people here, but there are so many people,” Clements said.
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