Fourth grade students from Orr Elementary School learned about civics and city government first-hand on Thursday, October 25, as they took a trip to downtown Fort Smith to visit with government officials and tour city facilities. The students were able to make connections between the lessons they learned in class with the people and places that keep their city running on a day-to-day basis.
The first stop on their trip was to the city offices on Garrison Avenue. The classes took time to visit with city leaders, including Mayor Sandy Sanders, City Administrator Ray Gosack and Parks Director Mike Alsup. Each official shared about their role and about progress the city is making on specific projects, including the new aquatic center, to be located at Ben Geren Park. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions and share a little about the lessons they have learned in class.
After their visit to the city offices, the students walked down to Fort Smith’s Fire Station #1 for an hour-long tour of the firehouse. While there, the firefighters showed students their equipment and gear and gave tips on how to stay safe. The group then made their way to lunch and finally over to the P Street Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The field trip capped-off a month-long civics series teaching students about the three branches of federal government, the right to vote, local government officials, public servants and about the responsibilities they each have as citizens.