Milam County Farm Bureau host 64 for ‘Youth Citizenship Day’

Milam County Farm Bureau

What can be done to ensure the youth of today take their responsibility as a citizen seriously? Milam County Farm Bureau believes that educating the youth of our county will make this a reality. By sponsoring their third annual Youth Citizenship Day for 4-H and FFA members and all interested youth in Milam County they are working toward that goal.

On Monday, July 23, sixty four students and adults spent the day in Austin learning about their state government and learning what it takes to be a good citizen. They also learned about the history of Texas and how different cultures affected our lives today.

This lively group of Milam County youngsters met on the Thorndale ISD school grounds at 8 a.m. Monday and boarded a bus provided by Thorndale ISD. They traveled to Austin where they toured the Bob Bullock Museum and learned about the different cultures and their contributions that came together to make Texas the great state it is today.

Following a tour of the museum the students enjoyed the theater presentation of the “Star of Destiny” which gave an overview of the history of Texas. Following this presentation, the group enjoyed an IMAX Theater showing of polar bears and the impact on the environment in which they live.

After walking over to the Texas State Capitol building, the young citizens dined at the Capitol Dining Room courtesy of the Milam County Farm Bureau volunteer farm organization. They were joined during the meal by Dr. Marsha Farney who is currently on the Texas State Board of Education and is also running for the House of Representatives for our district.

Then they were privileged to enjoy a guided tour of the state capitol building where they were given a history of the Texas Senate Chamber, the Texas House Chamber and the history behind the paintings that hang in these areas and the statues that are housed in the building.

Following a short walk over to the building housing the Texas Land Board and Texas Visitor’s Center, a guided tour of this building, which is the oldest state building in Texas, the Milam County youth learned how the first settlers to Texas came to possess their land and what it took to record their deed and make them official land owners in Texas.

Boarding the bus for the return trip to Milam County these young citizens had gained insight into how Texas government works and had the experience of seeing the actual places where the laws that affect their lives are made. They also were aware of what it took for the settlers of Texas to make this the great place we live in today.

Milam County Farm Bureau would like to thank the Milam County Extension Office for their help with making this learning experience available to all youth in our county and to Thorndale ISD for providing the transportation. Thank you also to the parents that made sure their students took advantage of this great opportunity to learn about our government and history and thank you to the parents who helped chaperon the group.

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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