Nora and Rachel Larson, along with Samantha Knutson, spent Feb 19-20 at Citizenship in Action (CIA) in Bismarck.
Nora and Rachel Larson, along with Samantha Knutson, spent Feb 19-20 at Citizenship in Action (CIA) in Bismarck. The crash course in civics began with a scavenger hunt at the North Dakota Heritage Center, where the girls got to know more about the history of the North Dakota and mingled with the other participants from around the state.
The afternoon continued with a lecture about the history of Agriculture in the Dakotas. Breakout sessions followed on topics such as Parliamentary Procedure, the difference between a Senator and a Representative, SMART Goal setting and “Futures Game”, an interactive community based scenario game. Rachel, who attended the Parliamentary Procedure session, said “It was great! We used Robert’s Rules of Order to make trail mix!” The evening concluded with a meal and free time to swim in the hotel pool or play games.
The following day was spent learning about the state legislature. A large group session about how a bill becomes a law and etiquette at the Capitol started the morning. “We learned that you are not supposed to touch the brass at the Capitol, because it tarnishes easily,” reported Nora Larson. The morning was spent visiting with their Sen. Bill Bowman, and Reps. Denton Zubke and Keith Kempenich. They also attended committee meetings and toured the Capitol, including a trip to the 18th floor observation area. Sitting on the Senate and House floors was the highlight of the afternoon. “It was awesome to see in person how the legislative branch worked!” stated Rachel Larson. “I’d recommend the experience to anyone!”