Michigan Supreme Court

Education Blackboard — December 23, 2009

December 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

Students see government at work Over 90 fourth-grade students, teachers and parents from Crestwood Elementary School were able to see our government at work first hand as they traveled to Lansing for their annual government field trip. The trip gave the students a chance to see how our three branches of government—the executive, legislative and judicial—work together in their tours of the State Capital and Supreme Court building. Students were also given a peek into the past at the Michigan Historical Museum. While waiting for their capital tour to begin, the students in Judy Grifhorst’s class were treated to a tour of a senator’s office. “I never imagined the office being so big!” said Stacy Barker. “We even got to sit in his chair,” added Trent Johnson. “I think he was a Republican, because there was a lot of elephants in his room.” As the students began their formal tour of the capital, they were awed by the many unique features of the building. “My favorite part was lying on the glass floor and looking up into the dome and seeing the stars!” exclaimed Courtney Lawrence, and many students agreed. In addition to the stars, Greer Stuart added that he also enjoyed “looking up at all the beautiful paintings.” The students were encouraged to look down for fossils hidden in the tiles of the floor. Following a tour of the governor’s office and the Senate and House of Representative wings of the building, the students headed to the Michigan Supreme Court Building. The Supreme Court building offered many hands-on exhibits. “I liked pretending to be a judge for a court session. It was so awesome!” stated Clarissa Mousel. Students also had a chance to experience what it is like to be drunk while trying to drive, using special goggles. A quick trip back in time was enjoyed by all at the Michigan Historical Museum. From lumberjack camps to the mining cave, the students experienced what it was like to live in Michigan during its early history. Many of the students were intrigued with the war exhibits, especially the one centering on World War II. “I imagined being in the bomber plane flying over enemy territory,” said Asa Huffaker. “It feels like you were right there […]