Senators for a Day by student Angelica Kolb, Historian, LHS Social Studies Club

Senators for a Day by student Angelica Kolb, Historian, LHS Social Studies Club

On November 12th, the LHS Social Studies Club visited the Pennsylvania State Capitol.  We took a group picture with State Senator Rich Alloway then had breakfast with students from all over his senate district.  From the moment we arrived, we knew it was going to be a challenging, but fun, day.  All the students from all of the schools gathered in one big conference room where we really learned what state senators do.  After that introduction, we got into our committees in different senate workrooms and did what senators do on a daily basis.  It was stressful but so fun!  There were so many opinions from everyone on the different topics, but it was cool to see how all these people could come together on a bill.  When the committees were finished discussing their bills, all the students joined together to discuss them one at a time.  All the students learned about the bills from the different committees, got to ask questions, debate and suggest amendments to them.  Then all the student “Senators for a Day” got to vote and decided if the bill passed or not.  It was so cool to listen to all of the other opinions on the different bills from all the committees and to see how the bills changed.  Overall the experience was amazing and we learned a lot from it.  It was fun to gather with other students and discuss bills like our senators do every day, then to see what happens to those bills at the end of the process.