SHERMAN, TX - Some local high school students got a special lesson in city and county government today, thanks to the Denison Young Professionals Group.
The Juniors from Denison High School gave their books a rest and brought the classroom to the courthouse for a lesson in leadership Wednesday.
Throughout the day, they visited each department to learn more about different roles and responsibilities, as well as the governments that will one day rest in the hands of their own generation.
On their tour, the teens from the Youth Leadership Academy visited the Grayson County Emergency Management Office.
They learned that thought the office is there to spring into action when disaster strikes, making sure the community is safe and informed is a full-time job.
What they may not have known is that one of the newest ways the Office of Emergency Management updates its status is the same way they do.
The students learned about how the department leverages social media, like Facebook, to get important information to the public.
High School Junior Kaitlyn Dowling says that if young people are aware of the roles of local government, they'll be better equipped to take the reins some day.
"We are getting to learn more about our community and, we are learning how to be a leader in our community to where when it comes to our opportunity to be in that position, we'll be able to take it in, and we'll know where to go from there," Dowling said.
Emergency Manager Sarah Somers also says it's crucial to get kids engaged in career opportunities at a young age, so that they will be prepared to meet the needs of the future.
"I think they're going to be smarter and faster than we are, and so having them come in and see some of our new ideas and some of the things we have achieved, so that we can get their brains going on what they can do better for us in the future is always exciting," Somers said.
The students also made stops at County Commissioner David Whitlock's office, as well as the District Attorney's office and the Denison Fire Department.