MOUNT VERNON — The regular meetings of the Knox County Commissioners rarely attract guests.

But Thursday’s regular session saw more than 200 young people stopping by. They were Mount Vernon High School juniors and seniors in town for the school’s first local government day, scheduled through the social studies department.

The students also met with employees and elected officials from the county’s court system, city of Mount Vernon and heads of county offices. These stops took them to City Hall, the courthouse, police department, county service center, Public Square and Memorial Theater.

David Caldwell, MVHS Social Studies department chairperson, said the day’s activities were designed to build upon the things the students have already learned in the classroom.

“The students needed to see the people and the jobs they perform, and why those jobs are important,” Caldwell said. “It’s like watching the movie after you’ve read the book.”


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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