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Bristol Students Learn about Government 11/21/2015

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Bristol Area Lion and Bristol School Committee Chairman David Kolodin reads the First Amendment to seventh-graders at Bristol Consolidated School Nov. 4. The Bristol Area Lions Club has sponsored Liberty Day for four years to teach students about the U.S. Constitution and the branches of government. (Maia Zewert photo)

Seventh-graders at Bristol Consolidated School had a special guest in their social studies class Nov. 4. State Sen. Chris Johnson, D-Somerville, visited the class to talk about the U.S. Constitution and the branches of government for Liberty Day, an event sponsored by the Bristol Area Lions Club.

The event, now in its fourth year, informs students about their government and how it operates, said David Kolodin. Kolodin serves as the third vice president for the Bristol Area Lions Club and currently serves as chairman of the Bristol School Committee.

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State Sen. Chris Johnson, D-Somerville, and Bristol School Committee Chairman David Kolodin discuss the U.S. Constitution and the branches of government with seventh-graders at Bristol Consolidated School during the Bristol Area Lions Club’s fourth annual Liberty Day event Nov. 4. (Maia Zewert photo

Johnson and Kolodin taught the class how a bill becomes a law, pretending to be two legislators trying to pass a law requiring the school to serve ice cream. The students also learned about the veto process and how the three branches of government interact with one another.

Johnson encouraged the class to get involved with their government and to contact their representative or senator.

“You can always reach out to the people who are representing you,” Johnson said. “We’re here to serve you.”

The Bristol Area Lions Club also gave each student a booklet which included the U.S. Constitution, the 27 amendments, and the Declaration of Independence. Johnson will also provide legislative guides for the class and invited the students to come visit the capitol when the Legislature is in session.

By Maia Zewert
11/11/2015
Reprinted with permission from Lincoln County News)

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