(NASHVILLE, TN), February 13, 2012 — State Senator Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill) today announced the launch of a new civics initiative to help students learn about state government. Called “Student Town Halls,” the program is designed to give fifth through eighth graders a first-hand look at civics from the floor of the Senate Chamber in Nashville.
“Most northeast Tennessee students will never get the chance to visit their state capitol. Far too many folks in state government fail to realize it’s a 5 hour drive to Nashville for these children. If my students can’t come to the Capitol, we’re going to take the Capitol to them!” said Senator Faulk.
The pilot project will begin on Thursday, February 16th with Surgoinsville Middle School students. Senator Faulk will speak live to the students at 9:00 am EST / 8:00 CST from the State Capitol’s Senate Chambers. Senator Faulk and the students will communicate by live video feed over the Internet. Students participating will attend the school’s Little Theater which has distance learning equipment for their Town Hall with the Senator. The students will be allowed to ask questions regarding the U. S. and State Constitution, the legislative process or issues before the General Assembly.
“I hope that I can shed light on the processes, the pressures, the issues, the debate, negotiation and other factors that are the very fabric of representative democracy,” said Senator Faulk. “I am hopeful that this will provide a unique opportunity for students to exchange ideas and explore democracy in action face to face.”
“It is crucial that we help our children understand that their participation as citizens in this democracy will determine the future course of our state and nation,” added Senator Faulk. “I hope that it will not only shed light on how the legislative process works, but also teach young people the importance of public service.”