2016-03-27 / News

STC students celebrate March is Reading Month with Senator Horn


State Senator Ken Horn visited St. Charles fourth graders recently where he celebrated March Is Reading Month, and also set up a mock house and senate with students. 
(Courtesy Photo) State Senator Ken Horn visited St. Charles fourth graders recently where he celebrated March Is Reading Month, and also set up a mock house and senate with students. (Courtesy Photo) ST. CHARLES – Students at St. Charles Elementary received a special visitor recently who helped them celebrate the importance of reading. State Senator Ken Horn came in to visit with fourth graders on March 21 in order to honor March Is Reading Month.

Horn shared a favorite book that he used to read to his own children, Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss, and also helped teach the classes about government, according to fourth grade teacher Kathy Bogar.

“He divided the fourth-graders into the house and the senate for a mock legislature. They brainstormed ideas for bills and tried to pass them into law. One bill overwhelmingly passed but the bills were vetoed by the governor (fourth grade teachers Michele Stitt and Bogar.) The students then had the opportunity to learn about veto override,” Bogar said.

The bill was passed through the mock house and senate’s each two-thirds majority.

It was a controversial law, and “Senator Horn told them it probably would be appealed and have to be heard in front of the Supreme Court. Our system of checks and balances were at work,” Bogar said. “This was a great learning opportunity for students and we truly appreciate Senator Ken Horn taking time from his day to meet with some very young constituents,” she said.

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