Clark 4th Graders Visit Trenton Statehouse

Frank K. Hehnly School Fourth Graders Catarina Costa, Karle Hackett, and Julia Schelhorn pose for a picture in their General Assembly Chamber seats. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — The entire fourth grade class at Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark recently enjoyed a most informative and memorable field trip to the New Jersey Statehouse, as part of the fourth grade study of New Jersey in Social Studies.

The fourth graders attended a session on how a bill becomes a law, learning about the legislative process, the three branches of government, and the two legislative houses. They were given a tour of the historic Statehouse, spending time in the General Assembly and Senate, and learning the specifics of each house. Students were taught how the legislators vote electronically, the seating in both houses, and about the forty Legislative Districts in the State of New Jersey.

The highlight of the trip for the fourth graders was being invited into the General Assembly, courtesy of 22nd Legislative District Assemblywoman Linda Stender. Students were allowed to assume the seats of the members of Assembly while Stender familiarized them with the General Assembly and how the body conducts business. Students were thrilled to be seated in the Assembly and thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience.

Superintendent Kenneth Knops, who attended the field trip with the classes, teachers, and chaperones; commented “This trip was a valuable learning experience for our impressionable fourth graders. We are most fortunate to have such an education friendly legislator as Assemblywoman Stender. She went out of her way to bring the students into the Assembly Chamber and provided them with a memorable learning experience they will fondly cherish.”

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