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Students take classes at City Hall during Local Government Week

Oct. 16, 2015 –

Students from St. John XII Catholic School's grade five and six class will spend next week at Kingston's City Hall discovering how government affects their everyday lives. Their visit to the City of Kingston takes place the seventh annual Local Government Week, Oct. 18 to 24, being celebrated across Ontario.

"Local Government Week is a great opportunity for students to explore and build a greater understanding of how government works for them and what's important to them as Kingston residents," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

The students' week kicks off as Kingstonians go to the polls to elect a new federal government. They will learn what motivates individuals to run for political office, and how the voting process works.

Tuesday, the students will learn about Kingston's best known politician, Sir John A. Macdonald, particularly his career in municipal government. Then on Wednesday, the students will meet with City Hall staff to learn about the second side of the democratic triangle: who does the work, and how it gets done. 

The balance of the week will be spent learning about the role of citizens in a democratic society: to increase civic awareness and share ideas about what is important to them as Kingston residents.  The students have been studying what it takes to stay fit and healthy, and the culmination of their week will occur in the form of a debate: ‘Is the City of Kingston providing enough recreational activities to help keep its residents fit?' It should be a lively discussion!

This effort has been organized by Beyond Classrooms Kingston, a non-profit organization which moves students into community spaces for a full week. Local Government Week is fully sponsored by the City of Kingston. To learn more about Beyond Classrooms Kingston, visit beyondclassrooms.ca.

The City encourages schools to participate in local government activities throughout the school year. For more information, please contact Kevin Arjoon, deputy city clerk at karjoon@cityofkingston.ca.

To learn more about Local Government Week, please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page5568.aspx.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.