By: Paige Batten
Newnan High School’s Civics classes received the privilege of having special guests come in to share with students alike about their occupations.
PHOTO GALLERY: “Civics Day” in action. (PHOTO, BATTEN)
Mrs. Newman, a Civics Teacher at NHS, had the idea to put together a “Civics Day.” Her thoughts behind the idea were to connect the duties of civil servants with actual people.
“It makes political positions and campaigns real for the students, and it affords them an opportunity to meet people they probably wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to meet,” Mrs. Newman reasoned.
Each “Civics Day” guest was a volunteer and gave an account of their job’s duties, but it seemed as though each one of them had a common goal of seeking to help the community to the greatest extent possible. Guests included local law enforcement personnel, a Newnan Councilman and the Attorney General for Georgia.
Mrs. Newman was thankful for the volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules. She stated, “They made an impact on the students because each one took something different away. For example, if they were interested in the elections they were interested in what the politicians had to say.”
When students asked what the least favorite part of their job was, most all of them said they dislike not being able to help everyone they can.
City of Newnan Councilman Rhodes Shell stated, “My least favorite thing doing is arguing over how to spend the money we have. We can’t fix everything for everyone, and it is much easier to say yes than it is to say no.” Shell commented he would create a utopia if money grew on trees.
They all wanted to make an impact on other’s lives, and they did just that.
Bekah Slader, NHS 9th grader, was quick to show that she had a great time learning about the jobs in law enforcement.
The volunteers impacted her in multiple ways, but she shared that they helped her better understand the extend of their jobs.
“They gave me a better outlook on their position,” Slader said. “I like being able to sit there and actually have a conversation.”
Slader elaborated and said that she learned things that she didn’t know when she was able to join them in discussion, “Hearing it from them and their personal experiences helped me to better understand new things and what I already knew.”
The speakers had lots of things in common, but the most common thing they shared would be that they are all there for the public.
Sam Olens, Attorney General for Georgia, said he does what he does for the well-being of others, “After all, it’s public service.”
NHS is very thankful to have had the volunteers take time out of their day to educate the students of Newnan High.