(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 13, 2009 - State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) is offering opportunities for area students who are interested in serving as single-day pages in the Indiana House of Representatives. By serving as a House page, students are given the opportunity to view and participate in the day-to-day activities of the General Assembly.
Selected students will spend most of the day in the House chamber, assisting Rep. Koch. The day's work involves responding to representatives' requests, delivering messages and running errands. Pages also receive a tour of the Statehouse, including the governor's office and the chambers of the Indiana House, Senate and Supreme Court.
"Our legislative page program is an excellent opportunity for students to view state government in action," Rep. Koch said. "I enjoy visiting with the students when they are here, and the experience may even inspire them to run for office someday."
Pages should be between 13 and 18 years old. The House Student Services Office will try to meet requests for specific dates. Students will be excused from school for the day. Each page will need to arrive at the Statehouse by 8:30 a.m. Students will also need to arrange for transportation to and from the Statehouse. The legislative session runs through Apr. 29.
Availability is limited, so students should apply as soon as possible. Those interested in serving as a page for the House can apply online at http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/student/pageindex.html or by calling the House Student Services Office at 317-233-9815.