By Sarrah Peters
More than a dozen Gadsden City High School students participated in the Coosa Valley YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day on Tuesday, April 18.
The YMCA of Coosa Valley’s Youth in Government program “gives youth the opportunity to learn firsthand about government and civic issues by taking an active role in the democratic process.”
The students certainly took active roles to learn more about government and how it works. Students were introduced to the processes of city halls and were able to interact with members of the city council and the mayor. The students attended the city council meeting and then served as members of the city council and other city officials in a mock meeting.
At the council meeting, city officials gave political advice and expressed gratitude to the students for taking the opportunity to learn more about politics.
“We are certainly glad to have you here,” said Mayor Sherman Guyton.
“I encourage you all to get involved in government in city, state and national,” said Councilwoman Cynthia Toles. “There’s a difference in being involved and just listening on the outside.”
“Just remember, you learn more by listening than you do talking,” said Councilman Robert Echols. “I’m a big believer in that. Always, if you run, tell people the truth. They may not like what you say, but they’ll respect you for it.”
During the mock meeting, students presented ordinances and debated the topics brought up. Some issues brought up included seat belts on school buses, mandatory driving tests for the elderly, a non-emergency hotline, expanding…
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