Woodland Hills Students Get Lesson of a Lifetime

By KBJR News 1

Woodland Hills Students Get Lesson of a Lifetime

February 15, 2011 Updated Feb 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Sheldon and Isaiah can't wait for their trip to St. Paul.

The students are part of a group from Woodland Hills Academy that will be heading to the State Capitol to meet Minnesota Legislators at the Duluth Days Rally.

It allows them the opportunity to meet with politicians face to face... An opportunity they might not have had before.

"It feels good to get to go down there and talk to some representatives and ask them questions and learn some things about upcoming events that they plan on doing for this new year."

Woodland Hills Academy is an alternative school for students that need a little extra help focusing on academics.

Students come to Woodland from around the state to learn in smaller classrooms to have a hands on experience with learning.

Tammy Allen, A teacher from ISD 709, is working with the students to prepare them for this experience.

"The last couple of weeks, we've been focusing on state government along with studying important issues that are facing Minnesotans Today."

"Education is a big one, especially here in Duluth. They had to cut a lot of positions to fill budget requirements to help out with the deficit."

The students are also learning professional etiquette. Generous donors throughout Duluth purchased business suits for each one of the students.

"The gentlemen have been learning to dress appropriately for a professional occasion like this. They've been ironing their outfits, learning to tie ties."

"This will be the first time I've ever had a formal dress suit so it'll be exciting to wear it."

Some of the students have even taken an interest in politics throughout the process.

"I like studying it. I like the leadership positions and how they represent so many people and they continue to get re–elected because they're satisfying their constituents' needs."

"They have some good questions prepared and are ready to go. And I know it will be a worthwhile experience for them."

Among some of the politicians the students will be meeting; Minnesota Supreme Court Judge Larry Stauber, and Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner–Solon.

Written for the web by Chris Axelson