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Third-graders learn about government at Town Hall Day

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

Over 120 students from Black Mountain Primary School visited town hall on Nov. 8 and 9 for Town Hall Day. 

Black Mountain Primary School students raise their hands on Nov. 9, during Town Hall Day, when asked if they've visited Veterans Park. The students were one of two groups totaling over 120 who participated in the two-day introduction to local government.

The annual event teaches third-graders about the basics of local government. 

Mayor Don Collins talks to a group of around 60 third-graders from Black Mountain Primary School about his role in local government on Town Hall Day. The two-day event brought over 100 children to learn how the town functions.

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. 

A group of third grade students from Black Mountain Primary School listen as assistant town manager and finance director Dean Luebbe explains the basics of local government. Over 120 students from the school participated in Town Hall Day on Nov. 8 and 9.

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."

Black Mountain Primary School students participate in a mock aldermen meeting during Town Hall Day on Nov. 9 as mayor Don Collins looks on.

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.