Butler County Times Gazette
  • Students participate in Government Day

  • High school students in the county learned how county government runs during Government Day at the Butler County Courthouse last week.
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  • High school students from several schools in the county learned first hand how county government runs during Government Day at the Butler County Courthouse last week.
    The biannual event is sponsored by American Legion Posts throughout the county and is offered to all government students in county high schools.
    The students began by gathering in front of the courthouse.
    "We're glad to see this many of you here," said Butler County Commission Chair Dan Woydziak. "We hope you have a good day and learn something."
    A total of 189 students, as well as their teachers and special guest Legion Department Commander Paul Sanford took tours of the courthouse, judicial center and then enjoyed lunch at the Butler Community Building, sponsored by the Legion.
    Among the stops, the students learned about the election process and anyone who would be 18 by the November election were given a registration form if they wanted to get registered. They also got to try out the voting machines to see how to cast a vote.
    The tour also told of the history of the courthouse and where the old courtrooms were located, as well as interesting facts such as Butler County was the first county in Kansas to have a woman juror.
    One group also got to watch a trial in progress during their visit to the judicial center.
    Outside, students had the opportunity to look at emergency vehicles and talk to emergency responders about their jobs.
    Students also were given a quiz to fill out on the tour and then those could be entered into a drawing for a Made in America home flag kit, which was given away during lunch.
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