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Holley humanities students visit Albany
The Humanities class from Holley Middle School/High School visited the state capitol on March 26 and 27, at the invitation of Eileen Banker, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Stephen Hawley. Banker told students that a visit to Albany would help them advocate and talk to legislators about the ideas and concerns they shared with her during a recent visit to their class. This trip was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it became an eye-opener for many students.
They began their trip by visiting the New York State Museum, where they were astonished by many exhibits there. The 9/11 Memorial exhibit included a video from a firefighter that survived that day as well as a fire truck on display that made everyone emotional.
The next day, students toured the capitol building. They watched how the state government worked by attending Senate and Assembly sessions. Students learned the similarities and differences between the two groups, such as how they vote and pass bills. Students also met with Assemblyman Hawley.
Holley Humanities students were thankful to experience Albany. By attending the trip, seniors gained credits for their Participation in Government class, which helped them meet graduation requirements. Students will present everything they learned to the rest of the Participation in Government classes and the Holley Board of Education.