LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn continued his Hometown Tour series recently with a stop in Flushing for an inside look at Flushing Community Schools. Horn spent the morning touring various locations in the school district meeting administrators, educators, and students.
Beginning at Central Elementary, one of Flushing’s four elementary schools, Horn, R-Frankenmuth, met with Mrs. Brecht’s fourth grade class, spoke with students about his role as a senator, and took questions from the group.
“The kids seemed very interested,” Horn said. “It was great to get their young minds thinking about what role government should play in their life. They may grow up to hold very different beliefs than my own, but getting them thinking about their civic duty is a great privilege.”
While at Central Elementary, Horn visited Mrs. Lacy’s second grade classroom and spoke with her students as well. In honor of March is Reading Month, he also read the Dr. Seuss classic, “A Wocket in my Pocket.”
“The objective when I visit a classroom of younger students, especially during March, is to focus on the importance of reading and the great benefit it can have on their lives,” Horn said. “It was a great experience to share with them stories of how I used to read with my children and tell them about my kid’s favorite stories. March is always one of favorite times to visit classrooms.”
After completing his visit to Central Elementary, Horn traveled to Flushing Middle School (FMS) where he was greeted by FMS Principal Andrew Schmidt and given the visit’s itinerary.
While at FMS, Horn visited both Mrs. Jaggers’ seventh grade social studies class and Mrs. Wykes’ eighth grade American History class to discuss the benefit and importance of a politically involved populous. Students also had the opportunity to ask questions relating to the life and responsibilities of being a state senator.
“As I have said before, the main message I try to convey to students is that a knowledgeable electorate is essential to successful government operation,” Horn said. “Being involved in government, on all levels, is a right and a duty that we all have — and it is an interest we need to instill into younger generations.”
Visiting classrooms was not the only thing on the senator’s agenda, however. Horn also assisted FMS cafeteria workers in serving lunch, and conducted an interview with students in the middle school’s media room.
After leaving the middle school, Horn made one final stop at Flushing High School to speak with Mrs. Taylor’s government class.
“These are students who are coming close to the end of their academic career at Flushing,” Horn stated. “It was great to discuss with them some of the next steps they are all going to be taking. These kids are the ones who are directly seeing the impacts of what we do in government. They are concerned about their future, the cost of college, and the things they need to be doing in order to be successful — it was my pleasure to discuss the role government will play in these endeavors, as well as the role they think government should play.
“I want to thank all who were involved and worked to make this visit possible,” Horn said. “A special thanks to Matt Shanafelt, who had his hand in this whole tour, Lisa McNally at Central Elementary for directing me to each location, middle school Principal Andrew Schmidt, and high school Principal Jason Melynchek for facilitating my visits to their respective schools.
“I also want to thank each of the teachers who let me speak with their students, the lunchroom staff at the middle school, and the two young ladies who interviewed me in the media room. It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the folks who give Flushing Community Schools its reputation.”
For video of this and previous tours, click here.
Horn’s Hometown Tours feature various communities in the 32nd District. If you are interested in having Horn visit, please contact his office at (517) 373-1760, toll-free at (855) 347-8032 or by email at SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov.
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PHOTO 1 CAPTION: Flushing Middle School student Maddie Kranz interviews State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, in the middle school broadcast room as Kennedy Hobson films the discussion.
PHOTO 2 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, reads Dr. Seuss’ “A Wocket in my Pocket” to Mrs. Lacy’s second grade class during his visit to Central Elementary.
PHOTO 3 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, discusses the responsibilities and duties of being in the Legislature with Mrs. Brecht’s fourth grade class at Central Elementary.