Third-graders learn about government at Town Hall Day
Over 120 students from Black Mountain Primary School visited town hall on Nov. 8 and 9 for Town Hall Day.
The annual event teaches third-graders about the basics of local government.
On Nov. 8 and 9, groups of around 60 students filed into the boardroom at the Black Mountain Town Hall. There they were greeted by town clerk Angela Reece, before being welcomed by mayor Don Collins.
Assistant town manager and finance director Dean Luebbe walked the students through the town's day-to-day operations. Reece followed Luebbe's presentation by showing the group the original set of minutes from 1893, the year the town was incorporated.
"You guys are the future of this town," Collins told the group. "We're happy to meet you all and have you here today."
A mock aldermen meeting was held, with students assuming the roles of elected officials. The students listened as a mayoral proclamation declaring the month of November Bully Prevention Month in Black Mountain was read.
Following their time at town hall, the students toured the public services and recreation and parks building before visiting the fire and police departments.