Barnesville’s third, fifth, and sixth graders got a special, behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Capitol, including a visit to the offices of the Speaker of the House, the Speaker’s Balcony, and the House Floor.
Students broke into two groups for Capitol tours, including National Statuary Hall, the Rotunda, the Senate Reception Room, and the Old Supreme Court.
Barnesville students then got special access to the offices of the Speaker of the House where they sat in the conference room, walked through the Speaker’s personal office, and gathered on the Speaker's Balcony. The views of the National Mall were spectacular.
Next, they visited the House Floor, generally closed to the public when Congress is in Session. Students learned about the voting process and got to cast pretend votes, pushing the same buttons Members of Congress use.