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Students Participate in Government Day, Partner With Town Officials

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Oct 242014
 

Chief for the Day

Chief for the Day

Amity Middle School eighth-grader Colton Varholak participated in Amity’s Government Day on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Colton was paired with Police Chief Robert Gagne, and as “Chief for the Day” he learned about police work and the administration of the municipal police department.

Other students partnered with the Fire Marshal, Town Clerk, First Selectman, Tax Collector, etc and each learned about their particular duties during this very special annual event.

 

Government Day: Experience and Memories that Will Last A Lifetime

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Oct 172013
 

Gov dayToday, Thursday, Oct. 17, fifteen (15) students from Amity Middle School in Orange participated in the school’s annual Government Day.

Students wrote an essay to the event’s coordinator, social studies teacher Jennifer Marganski, explaining why they would like to take on a particular municipal job for the  day and what they hoped to learn from the experience.

The following students assumed the following positions for the day:  First Selectman – Mounisha Anumoto, Police Chief – Chris Greco, Building Inspector – Natalia Dobbs, Fire Marshal –  Anne Marie Allen, Assessor – Madelyn Ciskowski, Park and Rec. Director – Taylor Gourdier, Librarian – Arianna Pargen, Dept. of Community Services – Alexis Halstead, Public Works –Maggie LoSchiavo, Registrar of Voters – Andreanna Adkins, Town Engineer – Erin McCormack, Town Planning and Zoning – Emily Berkeley, Town Clerk- Jocelyn Eagle, Sanitarian- Alexa DeGennaro and Tax Collector – Allison Hummel.

Students were treated to an overview discussion on the ins and outs of local town government by Town Clerk Pat O’Sullivan and even went on a special  tour of Town Hall after receiving a pin with the Orange town insignia from First Selectman Jim Zeoli.

Throughout the event students were able to learn about the responsibilities of various government officials in Orange.

This is an experience that many AMSO students have enjoyed throughout the years and one that they won’t forget.

Government Day: Students Learn About Town Departments, Spend A Day In Office

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Oct 262012
 

Amity Middle School Government Day participants

On Thursday, Oct. 25  nineteen students from Amity Middle School in Orange had the inspiring opportunity to participate in this year’s Government Day.

Students wrote an essay to the event’s coordinator, social studies teacher Jennifer Marganski, explaining why they would like to take on a particular municipal job for the day and what they hoped to learn from the experience.

The following students assumed the following positions for the day:

• First Selectman – Michaela Kraut, Ryan Kennedy

• Police Chief – Anne Marie Allen, Ben Grasso, Brian Forbes

• Building Inspector – Ruby Ciskowski

• Fire Marshal – Jillian Gusciora, Hadiya Iftikhar
• Assessor – Catherine Whitaker
• Park and Rec. Director – Talia Dobbs, Jeremy Gustafson
• Librarian –Carsan Dziczkowski, Nitya Bhattarai
• Dept. of Community Services – Catie Brown, Roberta Buccilli
• Registrar of Voters – Jenna Shaffer
• Town Engineer –Lauren Canna
• Town Planning and Zoning – Jocelyn Eagle
• Visiting Nurse Director – Anne Foley.

After an exciting morning session in the town hall board room led by Town Clerk Pat O’Sullivan, students spent the rest of their time with their mentors.   The day was even more meaningful with the upcoming election.  Students got to hear more about the election process and how they, as future voters, are the most important people in town.  They also learned how democracy is indeed an evolutionary process and that government operates collectively to do what we cannot do individually.

Marganski said, “Many thanks go to the Amity Orange PTSO and Student Council for help subsidizing this trip.  The students would not be treated to their luncheon at Chips without their support.”

“Thank you also to Principal Kathi Cutler and Jack Gianotti for attending the trip and embracing the students experiences about Government Day,” she said.