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Representative Horn Visits Fourth Grade
State Representative Horn of Weddington came to our school, April 8th, to talk to our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. He is a first time representative who came to North Carolina six years ago. He came to be a retired grandfather, but won his first election as a state representative. He reviewed the process of how laws are made, had a mock vote for the students to "vote" for, and mentioned the enormity of bills he has to decide on everyday the representatives are in session. He stated that over 250 bills were introduced on April 7th alone! He also answered questions from students.
For the third grade, the students voted against only serving broccoli everyday in the cafeteria, while the fourth graders voted down cell phone use in the schools for students. The fifth graders had an extensive voting session that was amended four times! They finally voted if students at Antioch could wear flip flops or tennis shoes on December 10th, but they could not spend over $50. Students could also only wear socks with the tennis shoes. After all that discussion, the bill was voted down.
Representative Horn had the students practice the correct ways to debate a question, offer an amendment or ask a question. He also had them figure out the financial issues with the bills and addressed the Fiscal Impact Statement. Representative Horn stays in Raleigh Monday-Wednesday when they are in session and comes home to Weddington on Thursday. Antioch would like to thank Representative Horn for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk with us.
Written by: Kathy Gwinn, media specialist
Posted: Apr 29, 2011 by Kathy Gwinn