On February 7th, 105 students from Seward High School, Milford High School & Centennial High School participated in the Nebraska American Legion Girls & Boys County Government Day. County Government Day familiarizes students with local government and gives community leaders an opportunity to share their commitment and experience.
The roots of County Government Day can be traced back to a proposal by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Simmons, who in 1944 proposed a new and innovative course of instruction where high school students had the opportunity to learn about local government. Chief Justice Simmons wanted to show students that county government is important; it touches the daily lives of people probably more closely than any other form of government. Area youth are provided practical experience with an up close look at our local government in a positive effort to cultivate informed citizens who would strive to create a more perfect and effective county, state and national government. The original effort by Chief Justice Simmons has spread not only throughout Nebraska's 93 counties, but also throughout the entire nation. This program was adopted by the National Association of County Officials and the American Legion.
Some of the days events included:
*Courthouse & National Guard Museum tour
*Drug dog demonstration
*Various Seward County Departments participated by hosting a booth including:
Emergency Management, Human Resources, County Attorney's Office, Extension Office, Board of Commissioners, Department of Roads, Weeds & Zoning, Public Defenders Office, Sheriff's Office, County Clerk, Veterans Services & Public Transit and the Nebraska National Guard.
*Lunch provided by the Nebraska Army National Guard
A special thank you to the students who participated, the County Officials who hosted a booth, the Nebraska National Guard for their continued support and to all the Legionnaires who continue to serve their community.