Youth in Government Program
As it has done for more than 10 years, the Fairview Park Chapter of the League of Women Voters sponsored the Youth in Government program for the junior class of Fairview Park High School. The program, which was organized by Lorri Marginian, took place on April 8 and 9. Its purpose is to educate and involve students in the workings of the three branches of the government: legislative, executive, and judicial at the local and county levels.
This year, Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Patton and her department heads spent more than three hours meeting with students to explain how city government works, even holding a mock city council meeting where student volunteers debated and passed an issue. Rocky River Municipal Court Judges Fitzsimmons and Hagan held probation violation hearings. District 1 Cuyahoga County Council member David Greenspan spoke as did Fairview Park City Council members McDonough, Matia, and Minek. Fairview Park Board of Education members Schucofsky and Davis explained their jobs and answered questions.
The Fairview Park Chapter of the LWV would like to thank the high school's teachers and administrators, the Mayor's office, and the many elected officials who volunteered their time to make this a successful program.