Clark 4th Graders Get Personalized Tour Of NJ Statehouse

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Fourth graders from the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark pose in the Senate Chambers with state Sen. Kip Bateman (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

Fourth graders from the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark pose in the Senate Chambers with state Sen. Kip Bateman (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

TRENTON — Fourth graders from the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark traveled to Trenton this past Monday morning for a visit to the New Jersey Statehouse. 

Instead of the standard tour of the Statehouse that allows the observation of the General Assembly and Senate chambers from upstairs viewing rooms, the fourth graders got a personalized tour from state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex).

Bateman accompanied the fourth graders to first the General Assembly Chambers, then the Senate Chambers, where he gave them a historical perspective of the Statehouse, pointed out how legislators vote via the red and green buttons on their desks, and reviewed the composition of both houses of the legislature. He allowed the students to sit in the actual General Assembly and Senate Chambers during their visit, in the same seats New Jersey’s lawmakers do when the Legislature is in session.

The students peppered Bateman with a wide variety of questions on each of the chambers, how the Legislature works, and his career, among other topics. At the conclusion of the Senator’s remarks, the fourth graders posed for group pictures with him in the Senate Chambers.

Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops, who accompanied the fourth graders on the field trip to the Statehouse, remarked that the fourth graders thoroughly enjoyed their field trip and the personalized tour the Senator provided.

“Through meeting Senator Bateman and gaining a first-hand perspective by being seated in both the General Assembly and Senate Chambers, the field trip was particularly enriching to our fourth graders. Senator Bateman provided the students with a great deal of information about how their state government works, and the students’ interest was sparked and heightened, leading to a wide variety of questions of the Senator,” Knops said. “The staff and I are grateful to Senator Bateman for providing our students with such a focused and engaged learning experience, it was a cherished and memorable field trip for our fourth graders.”

Fourth graders from the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark pose in the Senate Chambers with state Sen. Kip Bateman (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

Fourth graders from the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark pose in the Senate Chambers with state Sen. Kip Bateman (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)


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