The Talbot Hill Elementary MicroSociety conducted its annual inauguration of the student government on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Former King County District Court Judge Robert McBeth swore in the newly elected leaders, including the president, vice president, House members (students representing classrooms) and Senate members (students representing each class grade).
Upon election in October, the officers were tasked with learning how to become effective legislators. The newly elected government is scheduled to visit the State Capitol and meet with local legislators later this year.
The MicroSociety is a school reform effort that helps students create a real-world mini-society, complete with student-run business ventures, non-profits and agencies. Its purpose is to create a sense of empowerment in students, educate them about democracy and citizenship concepts, as well as help them understand the value of academic skills in the real world.