Radford High School seniors are continuing a long-standing tradition today as they participate in the 55th Annual Students in Government Day.
Through a partnership of the Kiwanis Club of Radford, Radford City Schools and the city government, “Students in Government Day” gives high school seniors the chance to see the inner workings of city government – from city council to public works, public safety and more. The student government officers take on the role of mayor and city council members, holding a meeting on issues the students decide are important to them. Veterans Field becomes the scene of an accident involving the police, fire, sheriff and emergency medical departments. Students shadow city officials, seeing what it is like to hold various positions in the city government. The day is a favorite school activity among students from year to year in Radford, and Radford City Council took some time at its Monday meeting to recognize the day.
Council passed a resolution declaring Wednesday, May 16 as Students in Government Day, which noted the city “is proud to participate in this important community and educational event.
“Students in Government Day is designed to promote citizenship and understanding relating to the importance of local government and community in the foundation of democracy and civic responsibility,” the resolution reads.
The day has even influenced some students to become city officials later in life. Radford City Manager David Ridpath has said it was his experiences in “Students in Government Day” that led him to want to work for local government. The resolution notes this influential nature of the special day.
“Many current City of Radford employees have chosen a career in local government or public office due to the influence of this unique high school educational program,” the resolution reads.
After passing the resolution, Radford Mayor Dr. Bruce Brown presented an honorary gavel to RHS Senior Timothy Worels, who will serve as mayor for Students in Government Day.
The program was recently recognized by the Virginia School Board Association in its Showcases for Success designation. In a previous statement, Radford City Schools Superintendent Dr. Becky Greer said she thinks it is the perfect program to be recognized by the VSBA.
“The Student Government Day Program, with its half century tradition for excellence, is truly a program worthy of this recognition,” she said. “In addition to being one of the highlights of the senior year at Radford High School, the program is also an outstanding model for strong partnerships with local government, community organizations, and the school division.”