Each day, during each session, a State Representative or State Senator will ask to “suspend the rules so I can introduce my page for the day.” Not every legislator has one every day though some seem to get a page for most every session. Pages are Kentucky school students who may or may not even be from the legislator’s home district. And they get to do exciting things like run errands or turn in paperwork for their Legislator of the Day.
The pages get a certificate from the legislator they serve and more importantly, get to see the inner workings of the Kentucky General Assembly. Perhaps they don’t get to sit in on closed door meetings when some legislation is really hashed out but at least they get access to the House or Senate floor, get recognized and learn more about Kentucky government than just being in the classroom.
One program from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that provides student pages is the Family Resources and Youth Services Centers, more commonly known as “friskies.”
Doug Hogan, PIO for the cabinet, has prepared a couple of videos that introduce students to the friskies program. I share these with the thought that you might want to promote the program locally to involve more students, especially more from your area of the state who might not be aware they could spend a day with a legislator and serve as a page for the Kentucky General Assembly.
Please note that by clicking on either heading below, you will be taken to a video by Doug Hogan. One will show March 27 on it and that’s the first part of the series. The other that shows is Part Two of the introduction to FRYSC.
Our Family Resource & Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) or “friskies” program works year-round to improve the lives of children and their families. During the legislative session, FRYSC helps provide students a hands-on learning experience at the Capitol. In the first of a special two-part series, we introduce you to “friskies” page days and their impact. Part two of our special series posts tomorrow night.
More 150 middle and high school students from across the state have participated in the Family Resource & Youth Services Centers (FRYCS), commonly referred to as “friskies,” page day program this year. In the second part of our special series, we show you how this hands-on learning experience is about more than just a few hours at the Capitol.