AUGUSTA, Maine — The sixth-grade class at St. John Regional Catholic School in Winslow will receive a private tour of the Blaine House before eating lunch with Gov. Paul LePage at noon Tuesday, April 29.
“My hope is that it sparks a personal, lifelong interest in politics, especially involving Maine issues,” said Claudette Massey, principal at St. John Regional Catholic School, in a Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland press release. “I suspect these sixth-graders will stop and listen more closely in the future when Gov. LePage speaks on various issues.”
The special trip on Tuesday will be just the latest educational opportunity the St. John sixth-graders have enjoyed in Augusta this year. On Jan. 30, the class served as Honorary Pages for the Senate, and on March 18, they served the House of Representatives.
In addition to providing a service to legislators, they were able to make personal connections with members of each house. State Rep. Catherine Nadeau met with the students to give them a glimpse of what her job entails. They also heard passionate speeches from both House Democrats and Republicans on the expansion of healthcare.
“As long as I have been teaching, I know that authentic experiences such as these have the most impact with our students,” said Massey. “Ask any one of them how many Maine senators and representatives we have or who is in control of each house and they will know. Giving them a glimpse into state politics in action may be planting seeds for future careers.”