Civic-minded students formed a new government and participated in a trial in a week-long camp, LexOne State, this summer.
Propelled by big ideas and a fresh perspective, rising seventh- through ninth-grade Lexington County School District One students divided into three city groups and learned firsthand how local and state governments operate and affect their daily lives.
After creating a location and motto for their cities, named after present and past superintendents, LexOne State campers campaigned for office. Some even ran for governor of LexOne State during a mock election.
“I want to know how our country is supposed to function according to law,” said Austin W. Burow, a rising seventh-grader at Gilbert Middle.
Students also put their persuasive speaking skills to the test during a mock trial. Portraying witnesses, members of the defense team and the prosecuting attorney, they argued both sides of a case involving a student found with illegal narcotics in her book bag.
Whether interested in the law or how to create positive change as a local politician, students enjoyed putting civics into action. “We learned things we wouldn’t normally learn about until high school,” Burow reflected.
Students left LexOne State camp, one of four summer camps hosted June 5–8 at Lexington Technology Center, confident, knowledgeable and ready to impact their community with unique leadership abilities gained through participation in a mock trial, as well as visits to the three divisions of government, the state Supreme Court and the Governor’s Mansion.