We sponsored today’s West Covina Student Government Day where the 5 high schools in West Covina sent students to City Hall to shadow city officials and learn what local government is all about.
We provided a continental breakfast and pizza lunch for all and helped chaperone throughout the day.
Students were talked to Mayor Fred Sykes and Mayor Pro Tem James Toma on the importance of understanding city government and voting.
Chris Freeland, Community Services Director then spoke on the agenda for the day and introduced all the government officials that would be acting as hosts.
Each student was given a directorship within the city and they shadowed their counterpart during the morning.
At lunch, the planning department involved the students in their Master Plan Preparation by asking “What they liked and disliked about the city?” Their responses were outstanding.
At that point, there was a Mock City Council meeting where each person participated. We had a Mayor and 4 Councilmembers as well as the City Manager at the Dias. The Department Heads spoke from the floor.
Several of our club membes spoke from the floor on issues that the community would typically complain about.
The Council then had to decide how to disperse a $1 million windfall among the departments. Everyone got something.
Later that night they were recognized by the council and presented with certificates.