April 1 through 7 is “Local Government Education Week” in Virginia, and while Stafford County marks the annual celebration with a proclamation, the County strives to honor it with student opportunities throughout the year. This year, Stafford County Government debuted a “Local Government Video Contest” for middle and high school students. The contest joins Student Government Day and the Third Grade Tours already offered to Stafford County students in both public and private schools.
“The video contest is exciting because our students are sophisticated technologically and we wanted to give them a way to express themselves and their ideas about local government more creatively,” said Supervisor Tom Coen, George Washington District. “As well, we all look forward to the students visiting the Government Center and holding a mock Board meeting on Student Government Day. Hearing their thoughts and ideas is refreshing.”
Stafford County has participated in “Local Government Education Week” for many years and has made it a priority to engage students in the business of local government. The video contest, Student Government Day and Third Grade Tours are all designed to make students more aware of the effect of local government on citizens, including students. Officials also use the opportunities to plant the seeds of public service in visiting students.
The new video contest asks students to spotlight a local government official or employee, highlight a local government service or suggest a new service via video. Winners will receive prizes and be recognized at a Board of Supervisors meeting. The deadline for the contest has been extended to Friday, April 19. For more information, visit www.staffordcountyva.gov/videocontest.
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Student Government Day, a partnership between Stafford County Government and Public Schools that Supervisor Coen created. More than 90 seniors in high school will visit the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Students shadow employees and some act as members of the Board of Supervisors, the County Administrator, Deputy County Administrator and County Attorney. A mock Board meeting is held each year.
This year, more than 500 students participated in the Third Grade Tours. Students visit the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center and learn about the activities of local government.