Rep. Soliday: House Page Program is a rewarding opportunity

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, January 4, 2013 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity.

“The House Page Program is a rewarding opportunity for students to see how the legislative process works at the state level,” said. Rep. Soliday. “Many of my previous pages have told me they will never forget the knowledge and experience they gained from the program, and I look forward to fostering more student’s interest in state government again this session.”

Along with visiting the capitol building and touring such locations as the governor's office, the chambers of the Indiana House and Senate and the Indiana Supreme Court, pages get the chance to witness floor sessions and committee meetings and help staff members.

Students who serve as pages are excused from school for the day. Pages are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Statehouse.

“As much as the pages will learn from me, I’m excited to learn from them as well,” said Rep. Soliday. “One of the best ways to understand what issues affect our Hoosier youth is to interact with them and get to know them.”

Interested students are encouraged to schedule their visit quickly, as spots fill up fast. Pages are asked to include two different dates when they can come to the Statehouse between January and April. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the best days to serve because that is when the House is in session. There are no pages on Fridays. To sign up, visit: www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/off_cms/page.html or call 1-800-382-9841.

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