Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, encourages teens ages 14 through 16 from the 16th District to apply for the legislative page program in Olympia.
Students in the page program spend a week in Olympia learning about the political process and helping deliver documents for legislators and their staff. At the end of the week, students present their own mock bill they have written throughout the week in a mock committee hearing.
“This is a unique opportunity for students to learn about their government by watching it happen in front of them and interacting with their lawmakers,” Walsh said. “I know it’s a long trip for most from our district in Eastern Washington, but this is the chance of a lifetime, and an experience that students take with them forever. Several legislators have been pages, too.”
Students who wish to apply for one of the nine weeks the Legislature is in session should apply as soon as possible. They must have the permission of their school and parents, and be sponsored by a state representative or senator. Those students who live a distance from the capital can stay with host families in Olympia. To find out more and print the application, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.
Contact: Sarah Stewart, Public Information Officer, (360) 786-7720