Memphis students spend day in Nashville learning about government

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Tuesday was a day a special group of Memphis City School Students couldn't wait to arrive.  Over 80 students boarded a bus for Nashville early Tuesday morning to take part in the NAACP's Legislative Day on the Hill.

"It's a good experience for everybody," student Jonathan Tate said. "I mean, a group of young kids get to do something like this."

The students are members of the student advisory board and Junior ROTC at their school.

"Most of them are top students in their classes," educator Janice Johnson said. "Some are senior class president, junior class presidents.  We want to give them a leadership position in Memphis City Schools so they can have a voice."

While in Nashville, students got the chance to see how laws are passed, met the governor and talked to state representatives.

"It's an honor to do this," student Ja'Vius Harper said. "This is the first time in life. Not too many people can do it. I'm glad I can be one of the cadets who can go meet the governor."

"We wanted to give them an opportunity to see how our government works in light of our recent election, and it kind of opened their eyes to the whole process," Johnson added.

The students said seeing the state government in action was an opportunity they couldn't pass up.

"I don't know if we'll get this chance again, so I'm taking it and running with it," Harper said.

The students are expected to return back home to late Tuesday evening.

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