SPES students Christian and Kennedy Perry recently completed the 2019 Future Leaders Council hosted by Congressman French Hill.
Council participants worked closely with Rep. Hill during quarterly meetings between June 2018 and May 2019. The discussion featured topics including the U.S. Constitution, federalism, checks and balances, and how a bill becomes a law. The students heard from guest speakers including Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston.
The council also held a mock congress in which they debated bill ideas and drafted legislation. The bills included “Kids Inspire Diets and Safety (KIDS) Act, The “21stCentury Ads that Matter (ATM) Act, and the Pollution Solutions for a Better Tomorrow Act of 2019.
The civics education program was started by Congressman Hill in 2018 to introduce central Arkansas 5th grade students to a deeper understanding of our Constitution and the values and principles that it supports.