Seniors at a local private school are getting more than the typical semester of government education as they meet City Council candidates first hand and learn how to get involved.
Brethren Christian Junior and Senior High School teacher Colleen Faris is using the upcoming elections to bring her government class to life and for some students, the experience has brought out the discerning voter within.
"It's really opened my eyes to how important city government is," said Kelsey McGinnis, a student.
The 17-year-old was one of a handful of students Monday who has gotten involved in a local campaign.
The students have seen about six council candidates and both city attorney candidates who have come to the classroom to pitch themselves, explain how to get involved in their campaign and answer questions.
The students then have to spend four hours volunteering for the candidate of their choice, work the polls on election day, or write a research paper on a proposition.