Timbercrest Junior High School students serve in Olympia


Timbercrest Junior High eighth graders and friends Katie Kelly and Anna Estabrook paged in the Washington State House of Representatives Feb. 27 to March 2. They were sponsored by 15th District State Representative Bruce Chandler.

“I was happy to sponsor Katie and Anna so they could have this opportunity to be involved in the Legislature,” said Chandler, R-Granger. “I hope they enjoyed their time and took away some great experiences. Students who participate have the opportunity to continue a wonderful tradition and to learn about their state government at the same time.”

During their week in Olympia, the eighth graders attended page school daily to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. In addition, they were able to take part in a mock bill exercise, in which they drafted legislation and argued for its passage. They co-sponsored a bill requiring public high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

“This bill addresses the issue of teen sleep deprivation and will increase the educational success rate of high school students,” said Kelly.

“After the Minneapolis School District changed its start times from 7:15 to 8 a.m., it found improvement in attendance and enrollment rates, increased day-time alertness and decreased student-reported depression,” said Estabrook.

The 14-year-olds also served an important role in the Legislature by delivering documents to elected offices and staff on the floor of the House and throughout the Capitol campus.

Each week, students 14- to 16-years-old from across the state serve in the legislative page program. They must have a legislative member as a sponsor, as well as permission from their school and parents. To learn more about the page program, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.

Rep. Chandler with Pages Anna Estabrook and Katie Kelly

Photo credit: House of Representatives.

Contact: Sarah Stewart, Public Information Officer, (360) 786-7720


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