Area students to learn about local government during Florida City Government Week

Press release from City of Gainesville

As part of Florida City Government Week, October 18-24, the City of Gainesville will host Alachua County Public Schools Students of the Month this Wednesday during a special field trip to learn about the City’s departments, programs, and services. This year’s students represent 15 area elementary schools.

The students will visit Fred Cone Park, one of two municipal parks with a community garden and an edible grove – a dedicated landscape of fruit and nut trees planted for neighbors to share. They’ll learn how the City is working to increase access to healthy food and combat food scarcity. Then they’ll visit the commission chambers where the City’s elected officials meet to discuss proposals, vote on initiatives, and fund programs like the gardens and groves. The event concludes at City Hall with the recording of a public service announcement by the students to air on Cox Cable Channel 12.

12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Fred Cone Park, 2841 E. University Ave.
1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at City Hall Auditorium, 200 E. University Ave.

The official hashtag of the week is #FLCityWeek. This year marks the 15th offering of City Government Day, a partnership between the City and Alachua County School Board to broaden civic education and collaboration. (Last year’s program was canceled due to the pandemic.)

  • Let’s hope they don’t teach them of all the incompetence and poor decision-making methods that the City Commission and School Board continually offer up as a way government should run. They should spotlight that as a lesson of how government should NOT run. Now that would be a worthy lesson for the children.

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