Today, City Hall School celebrated the 10,000 students who have taken part in the program since it began in January 2000.
It allows teachers to move their classrooms to the Municipal Building for a week-long, custom designed learning experience where students meet with elected officials and work alongside City employees.
“Students get an inside look at how The City works and how they can be involved in local government,” says Jody Danchuk, City Hall School Coordinator.
Eight-year-old Milan, a student at Escuela Canyon Meadows School was among the Grade three/four split class, honoured at today’s event.
“I think it’s good because people can learn about art, Calgary and history. They can see the old city hall, learn about how the Mayor and Council make decisions, and learn about leadership,” she said.
Milan's teacher, Cecilia Gutiérrez, says she appreciates how City Hall School teaches students to be great citizens who contribute to their communities.
“This is an amazing program. The teachers here support us so much. Students know how blessed we are to live here. They understand the chances and opportunities we have in this city,” added Gutiérrez.
For more information on City Hall School, please visit calgary.ca.