D-38 students take field trip to town hall

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Fifty second-grade students from Palmer Lake Elementary School spent the afternoon of May 14th exploring Monument town hall.

Monument board of trustee John Howe explained how local government works as the students experienced a mock board of trustee meeting.

Students played the parts of the mayor, trustees and the public as they officially proclaimed their teachers Linda Wilson and Phyllis Robinette and teacher’s aide Ms. McConnell to be the best teachers.

The students representing the public asked very insightful questions of the board such as what they would do to make Monument a better town. The board unanimously recommended the addition of a water park to the area.

Monument police Chief Shirk and Officer Sam Griebel took the students on a tour of the police department and that included the inside of the holding cells, which delighted the students.

The students questioned the chief and Griebel on what it’s like to be a police officer and investigated all the tools of the trade.

Public Works Director Tom Tharnish provided the students with an overview of what the public works department is responsible for.

The students enjoyed learning about making clean water for the town to drink but they had mixed feelings on snow removal once they learned the correlation between efficient snow removal and fewer snow days at school.

Fleet manager Robert Enoch concluded the field trip with a game of show and tell where he displayed the town’s backhoe.

The staff at Monument town hall enjoyed hosting the second graders from Palmer Lake Elementary School.