Sen. Argall hosts Berks' first 'Senator for a Day' event for local schools

November 19, 2014

Sen. David G. Argall (R-District 29) hosted his first Berks County "Senator for a Day" event at Penn State Berks on Nov. 19.

Argall, who will begin representing the western portion of Berks County on Dec. 1 as part of the constitutionally mandated reapportionment process, was eager to start off the program that has gained popularity among school districts in Schuylkill County.

“Each spring, I host a similar event in Schuylkill County and the program expands every year,” Argall said. “This is an event that really brings the textbooks to life for the students and gives them a crash-course on a day in the life of a state legislator. It’s a fun and informative event that engages each student in a different way. I am looking forward to it.”

High schools that participated include Berks Catholic, Blue Mountain Academy, Conestoga Christian, Conrad Weiser, Fleetwood Area, Hamburg Area, Kutztown Area, Schuylkill Valley, Tulpehocken and Wilson.

As part of the event, students were asked in advance to read articles pertaining to legislation currently being debated at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. When they arrived, they had the opportunity to chat with Argall, his staff and government relations professionals who travel from Harrisburg to assist with the event.

Students broke up into four committees: education, state government, finance and transportation; to discuss issues ranging from property tax reform to welfare reform.

“A lot of the debate points are the same ones I make and hear in Harrisburg,” Argall said. “The students become engaged in the process and really see how the ‘meat and potatoes’ of their state government works.”

For more information, contact Jon Hopcraft in Argall's office at 717-787-2637 or 570-773-0891.

  • Senator Argall at podium

    Sen. David G. Argall

    IMAGE: Penn State
Last Updated November 19, 2014