Saturday, September 16, 2000

Promoting public service, legislators head back to class

They tour schools, tell kids to get involved

By Lori Hayes

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Volunteer. Stay in school. Run for public office.

        These were some of the words of advice Kentucky Sen. Dick Roeding gave to students across Boone County on Friday.

[photo] State Senator Katie Stine answers questions about her duties from fifth grade studentsat Woodfill Elementary School, Fort Thomas.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        “Once you get to where you're going, keep on learning. It's a lifelong experience,” the pharmacist told a classroom of about 25 students at Boone County Area Technology Center in Hebron.

        Mr. Roeding, a Lakeside Park Republican, and other Northern Kentucky state legislators trooped through schools around the region Friday to teach students the value of public service. They were joined by about 2,000 of their colleagues across the country for the first nationwide “America's Legislators Back to School Day.”

        Several Kentucky legislators, including Sens. Katie Stine and Jack Westwood and Rep. Jon Draud, spent Friday touring schools and talking with students about their work in the General Assembly. Many lawmakers will continue the classroom visits next week.

        An initiative of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the event began as a six-state pilot project last year and expanded this year to all 50 states. The effort is aimed at teaching students about the legislative process and encouraging them to get involved in public service.

        “We can't represent you without knowing your needs,” Mr. Roeding said.


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