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Crawford County Government Students Tour City & County Operations

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Pittsburg, KS - Government is a required class in most high schools. But today more than one-hundred students from all six Crawford County high schools learned about government by seeing it in action.

Government class goes on the road for one group to the Pittsburg water treatment plant. The tour took students inside and out to learn how water is pumped from wells, treated and then filtered.

Tabitha Harris, a Girard High School senior says, “Its nice, seeing how the water plants work and how well the filters work because he said one of them can filter three million gallons.  They’re not filtering that much but they can which is nice to know.”

Joely Gath, a senior at Southeast High School says, “All those  chemicals you learned about in chemistry and its just another difficult problem on  a piece of paper. Then you turn around, you actually realize its used for something in everyday life.”

Students took in all aspects county government  from a courthouse  and sheriffs department  to the law enforcement center where they saw a drug dog demonstration.

Gath says, “Actually getting to see them interact with the dog, all the tricks you didntdidn'trstand. He basically explained to us, the dog finds drugs because if he finds the drugs he gets to play with his chew toy. Which I thought was pretty neat.”

Harris says, “I really didn't know how they trained the dogs and how long it took.”

Teachers and elected officials say the goal of government class is to help students make good decisions when voting and to understand how their taxpayer  dollars are put to use.

Trey Tindell, a senior at Frontenac High School says, “Because we  learn about it in class, but to actually go and  experience what they're daily procedures are  and how much they put effort into it, like we learn some of the city government officials but to see them as a person helps out a lot.”

Aaron Twarog, a St. Mary’s Colgan senior says, “City government  is supposed  to serve us.  Its important for us to know where our money goes what’s happening, whats beiwhat'sed, what is the city doing for us.  Because we benefit from what the city does. And when the city’s doing good,  usually the citizens of that city are doing good as well.”

  The day ended with a speech from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and a question and answer session with local elected officials.

    Several students also received  five hundred  dollar scholarships for their community service from the Elks club, which coordinated government day.

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