On November 1st, 8th grade students from Greenfield Junior High had the opportunity to visit the Missouri State Capitol. Trips to Jefferson City used to be a tradition for most school districts across the state, but increases in transportation costs and an increased emphasis on standardized test scores has caused many schools to abandon these types of trips. In an attempt to begin a new tradition within the district, Principal Preston Hyde, with the assistance of Representative Mike Kelley organized a visit of the Capitol.
Representative Mike Kelley provided the Greenfield students an informative tour throughout the capitol. During the tour, Rep. Kelley discussed the history of the capitol and students were provided an opportunity to explore the many different historical rooms throughout the Capitol Building, including the House Lounge where students were introduced to the murals of Thomas Hart Benton. While touring the State Capitol, students had the privilege to meet new Governor Mike Parson. Governor Parson shared a brief history of the Governor's office with the students and discussed some of the responsibilities he faces as governor.
When asked about what students experienced on the trip, Counselor Brielle Breedlove said, "We appreciate the hospitality of Representative Mike Kelley, who not only provided us with this tour, but also with lunch for our students and staff. This was an incredible experience in which our students learned a great deal about our state." With the success of the this year's visit, annual trips to the Missouri State Capitol will become a tradition for Greenfield's 8th Grade students.