Delegates Brooke Riley and Paris Brainerd of the Nelson Assembly co-authored a bill in their assembly. Bill number 48, “An act to give more freedom to students in the public school system,” was debated Saturday afternoon in the North Hearing room. Their proposal included a service project or 60 hours of community service to count as half an elective credit for high school students. Possible service projects discussed during debate included ideas such as organizing fundraisers like bake sales, charity races, and other options like events such as blood drives. These credits would be approved by a school administrator to be completed in one school year.
This bill was inspired by “the need for people to volunteer in the community…and this is a way to get them,” Brooke Riley remarked. She talked about how “a service project will teach them organization and communication,” and solidify classroom ideals in the real world application in working towards a common goal of bettering where they live alongside others. Paris Brainerd noted that debate went well with “good pro and con points” being addressed within the chamber. Although passing with unanimous consent was attempted this effort failed. After more debate ensued, this bill did pass in the Nelson Assembly.