Parker Elementary School Students Named Honorary City Officials for the Day

By Kara Murphy |

Published 10/21 2016 07:23PM

Updated 10/21 2016 07:23PM

Friday the City of Parker teamed up with Parker Elementary and let students participate in a special ceremony as a part of the city's celebration of "Local Government Week." Five 5th grade students were named honorary members of the local government.
This is the fourth year the City of Parker has chosen local students to participate in a day where they learn all about how the local government works.
"Having them be a part of that and being a part of how governing really does, I think helped them tremendously," said Parker Mayor Rich Musgrave.
Students filled in as honorary Mayor, Fire Chief, Police Chief, Public Works Supervisor, and City Clerk. The 5th graders were chosen after writing an essay about how they would improve the city if they were mayor and had $100,000 to spend.
After the council meeting, the kids got to take a tour of the police station, fire station, and public works department. The honorary government officials say the day was a learning experience but also a lot of fun.
"I enjoyed to see the inside of the fire truck," said Aaron Krantz.
"My favorite part was when they did the dogs. They were really cute and nice," said Aubriella McMonigle-Diering.
Musgrave says this is one of his favorite events of the year. He hopes this event will help more kids see a future in local government.
"All that goes together to kind of spur their interest and hopefully get them a little more interested and involved so that they might again want to someday look at public service."
The kids also got to have lunch with the Parker Fire Chief Andrew Kelly and get a ride back to school in a city fire truck.

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