FCCLA at Legislative Workshop
FCCLA member Jesica Schaefer, Adviser Ronita Jacobsen, and Cali Jorgensen, student teacher traveled to Lincoln during FCCLA Week to attend the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska 2019 Legislative Workshop. The day began at 7:45 am at the Capitol with Senator Rick Kolowski welcoming the over 40 participants. He gave his history of what makes him qualified to represent his district and talked about the work he is doing in committees. He answered questions about texting, tanning, and the death penalty, among others. Next, time was allowed for writing thank you notes to students’ senators and finding their offices to deliver the notes and a thank you gift of Nebraska made Baker’s Chocolates specifically wrapped in an FCCLA designed box.
Mrs. Jacobsen departed from the group at 9:00 am to interview the 16 FCCLA State Officers Candidates and rejoined them at 4:30 pm. Meanwhile, Suzanne Gage from the state Attorney’s Office spoke with the group and then a tour of the capitol was held concluding on the observation deck. A Scavenger Hunt was held in the capitol building. Students then moved to the Legislative Chamber to watch the legislative process in action. At noon, everyone walked to the Governor’s Mansion for lunch with the senators. Following lunch and conversation, everyone walked back Capitol and located hearing rooms to attend a variety of legislative hearings the rest of the afternoon.
“It was interesting to see the legislative process in action. To be able to actually see senators in actions-what they wear, how they discuss, how much they pay attention and listen to each other, who shows up and who doesn’t, etc. It is all very interesting. What a process.” Stated Jesica Schaefer.