Jonesville students learn about their town firsthand

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

November 27, 2013

JONESVILLE — Imagine taking dozens of third-graders on a trip around the world. Now imagine doing it with only a handful of chaperones.

Jonesville Elementary School knew that would be a major undertaking, so instead they took the students to Starmount High School and around Jonesville for the day to learn about their world and their community.

The day started off with a trip to the high school for an international day. The theme country was Zimbabwe, where students did activites and face painting.

The group drove back to Jonesville to eat at Real Del Monte in the Food Lion shopping area.

The children visited Judy Wolfe and the History Center to learn about the town’s beginnings, from being named Allen’s Settlement to its modern day.

The school bus then stopped at town hall where Town Clerk Lynn Trivette gave the students a run-through of what town hall meetings are like.

A student was cast to play the mayor, town clerk, town attorney and town council in a mock meeting. The other students sat in the audience, with several playing town residents who had come to address the board during the public comments portion of a meeting.

Next door, the Jonesville Police Department taught the students the difference between patrol officers and detectives.

Detective Scotty Vestal showed the children how to dust for fingerprints, followed by Officers Corey Carter and Justin Hamlin teaching them about the uniforms and gear they carry.

The day wrapped up with the officers teaching students about their patrol cars and all the technology included in them.

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