Students from Henrico County’s high schools got a firsthand look at their local government and public schools administrations Thursday as part of the 61st annual Student Government Day.
The program matched 121 students from all nine high schools and The Academy at Virginia Randolph with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, the county manager, superintendent, judges and department directors. Students spent the day learning how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others to provide services and to address needs of the community.
“Student Government Day provides an outstanding learning opportunity for some of Henrico’s brightest high school students and a great chance for officials to interact with and learn from these important members of the community,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “For more than six decades, this vibrant program has reflected Henrico’s commitment to its youth and demonstrated the strong partnership that exists between the county government and school system.”
Student Government Day began Wednesday with a ceremony at Hermitage High School in which 32 students swore the oaths required for their assigned positions. All students spent Thursday with their designated departments and agencies. Some also toured Henrico’s Jail West and registered to vote.
For students who worked at the Henrico Government Center, the day included a student-run, simulated work session and meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The students received updates on the All Henrico Reads program, the Henrico Heroin Task Force’s activities and the county’s internship program.
The Kiwanis clubs of North Richmond, Tuckahoe and Greater Richmond are sponsors of Student Government Day.