Rep. Arnold: Student pages gain hands-on civics experience

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Monday, December 12, 2016

The Indiana House of Representatives offers a unique hands-on learning experience through its page program. This program helps Hoosier students learn how laws are made in Indiana while inspiring the next generation of leaders to get involved in public service.

To be a page, applicants should be between the ages of 13 and 18, which is typically grades 6-12.

Student pages participating in this interactive educational experience receive an excused absence from school. While at the Statehouse, House pages tour historical sites like the House and Senate chambers, the Indiana Supreme Court and the governor’s office. They also observe the legislative session directly from the floor of the House, observing parliamentary procedure in action and listening to debates on important public policy issues. Pages are also assigned age-appropriate tasks like delivering important messages and sorting files. It’s always a great day at the Statehouse when I get to meet pages from our area and have our photograph taken together.

We welcome pages to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for the duration of each legislative session, which always begins in January. House pages are scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Large groups like Boy or Girl Scout Clubs may be scheduled to page on Wednesdays. We also try to schedule participating siblings and friends together, so please be sure to note that preference when signing up. The day typically starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and orientation, with dismissal at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is supervised in the Government Center cafeteria.

The 2017 session is approaching, and page positions fill quickly. Applications open on Dec. 20 so please be sure to sign up early. To apply, visit www.indianahouserepublicans.com/page-program. You can also contact my office at 317-232-9793 or email h74@iga.in.gov.

It’s a rewarding experience for both myself and the pages from our district who spend a day immersed in state government. I look forward to welcoming more students from Southern Indiana to the Statehouse during the upcoming legislative session.

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State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

A high-resolution photo of Arnold can be downloaded by clicking here.