State House trip

On Wednesday, April 25 our Student Council had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.  Students had been elected to the student council by their peers based on four traits we focus on at MMSA:  integrity, fortitude, responsibility, and respect.  We had three students elected to fifth grade positions and two to fourth grade.  These students are Sumaya Ahmed, Didriona Boyd, Anijah Lee, Conspiracy Coleman, and Kmyah Robinson.  Before going to Madison the students brainstormed questions for state representatives regarding how a government is run and ideas to propse to students for the coming schools year.  These ideas included fundraising ideas, an initiative to create a reading garden in the courtyard, and building a fenced-in playground for the school.

Once in Madison students toured the Capitol building with Speaker Fitzgerald’s staff.  We saw the Senate, General Assembly, and Representative’s offices.  Students were given books about the history and current information of Wisconsin which they were extremely excited about.  We visited State Representative Dan Knodl, who worked with Principal Akyurek to set up our State House trip.  He serves the 24th Assembly District.  Representative Knodl was able to sit down with each of the students and he asked about their school experiences.  His advice was great for our students on how to run a student council, stating that he himself had been in student government since he was a young student.  There were some important areas of the building he wanted to point out to the students so he took us on a private tour and had a professional photographer take pictures of our group with him, as well as personal photos.

After leaving the Capital building we had lunch at a wonderful corner restaurant called “Old Fashioned”.  The students loved the experience of having a nice, sit-down meal, and they were so excited to have this experience.  On our way back to Milwaukee we took a driving tour of two colleges in Madison -University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College.  Students asked questions about the buildings, “college life”, and what it takes to get into college.  The trip was a wonderful opportunity for these students to see government in action, brainstorm ideas for our Student Council next year, and tour two great Wisconsin Colleges.

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