Milam County Farm Bureau sponsors youth citizenship day

Event is open to all students in Milam County
Milam County Farm Bureau

Milam County Sherif f David Greene (left) and County Commissioner Dale Jaecks are two of the speakers for the event. Milam County Sherif f David Greene (left) and County Commissioner Dale Jaecks are two of the speakers for the event. Milam County Farm Bureau is sponsoring their second Youth Citizenship Day for 4-H and FFA members in Milam County.

On Monday, June 20, students w ill learn about all aspects of county government and learn what it takes to be a good citizen.

This event is open to all students in Milam County.

This group of 4-H and FFA members will meet together with key county officials in the Milam County Courtroom and learn what each official does in their particular position in Milam County.

They will spend time getting to know our County Judge Dave Barkemeyer, County Commissioner Dale Jaecks, Justice of the Peace Gary Northcott, and Constable Giles Summerlin. Each official will explain their role in county government and how it affects each citizen.

These young citizens will then tour the County Clerk’s office and meet with County Clerk Barbara Vansa.

Following the meeting with the County Clerk, the group will visit with County Sheriff David Greene for and explanation of his duties and a look at patrol cars used by his office. A tour of the old County Jail Museum will follow.

Following the meeting with our elected officials, the group will have pizza on the courthouse plaza provided by Milam County Farm Bureau.

In the afternoon session, the group members will meet with District Judge Ed Magre and County/District Attorney Kerry Spears in the district courtroom.

The 4-H and FFA members will be introduced to the job duties of these two county officials and what their role is in a courtroom setting.

Following this training, the members of the group will participate in a mock trial in which they will become the district judge, the attorney, the jury and other court officials.

They will be guided through this exercise by Judge Magre and D.A. Spears. Following the mock trial, the group members will learn whether their verdict matches the actual verdict of a similar trial.

At the end of the day, the 4- H and FFA members will have gained insight into how Milam County government works and will have met the actual people responsible for our government in Milam County.

Parents are encouraged to make sure their students take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn life lessons that will serve them throughout their school days and into their future.

Parents are encouraged to contact the Milam County Farm Bureau at 254-697-6488 or Durwood Tucker at 512- 898-2727 or the Milam County Extension Service at 254-697-7045 to reserve their spot for the day.

Students may also indicate in which position they would most like to serve in the mock trial. This is an excellent citizenship event that will serve the students in becoming responsible adults.

Milam County Farm Bureau recognizes that these students are our future leaders.

This is an effort by the Board of Directors of Milam County Farm Bureau to educate these young people so that they will be better informed citizens, voters and leaders.

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