By Bobby Ellis
The sound of the gavel signaled the end of a vote in the Senate chamber of the Old Capitol as jeers rained down from the spectator’s section, all courtesy of a group of 5th-graders from Johnsontown Road Elementary (Jefferson County) on their field trip to Frankfort.
Though the spectators jokingly voiced their disapproval over the outcome of a mock vote by their classmates, it was all smiles as the 85 students experienced the life of a 19th-century legislator during a tour of the Old Capitol building.
“Government is part of U.S. history and this really enhances what they’ve studied,” said social studies teacher Shirley Montgomery. “I’m very proud of them. You see all these hands go up with the guides ask questions. It’s a great field trip.”
During the tour, students were given parts to play as senators and handled props that would have been carried around by House members during the 19th century.