HCPS students to present research projects for Student Government Day

Annual event has been reimagined to promote richer learning experiences

High school students from Henrico County Public Schools will present community research projects and reflect on their experiences as part of Henrico County’s reimagined Student Government Day on Tuesday, March 7.

For the 64th Student Government Day, 71 students from Henrico’s nine public high schools, The Academy at Virginia Randolph and the Henrico Virtual Academy accepted an open invitation to identify and research an issue affecting the county. The selected topics include student mental health, metal detectors in schools, school safety, a survey on environmental issues, firefighter recruitment and a proposed 5K as part of VA250, Virginia’s commemoration of the American Revolution, the Revolutionary War and the independence of the United States.

On Tuesday, the students will spend the workday with county officials to learn more about their roles and responsibilities as well as the programs and services provided to residents and the community. They also will have an opportunity to register to vote and participate in a mock election. Students will present their projects to the Board of Supervisors at 2 p.m. in the Board Room at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. Members of the news media are welcome to provide coverage.

“Henrico County is proud to partner with Henrico County Public Schools to present the reimagined Student Government Day and to give our bright, creative high school students an opportunity to examine issues that impact their lives and community,” said Victoria Davis, who coordinates Student Government Day for Henrico County Public Relations. “In addition to offering a creative, cross-functional learning experience, we hope to give students an inside look into how their government operates as well as exposure to potential internships and career opportunities in public service that they may not have considered.”

Henrico’s Student Government Day was first held in 1958 and was long supported by the Kiwanis clubs of North Richmond, Tuckahoe and Greater Richmond. The Board of Supervisors will take no official action as part of its participation in Student Government Day.

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