A Capitol Idea

Students of fourth-grade teachers Nancy McSkimming, Gerri Johnson and Kaitlyn Merpi recently visited the state Capitol

Lakeside Elementary fourth-graders recently paid a visit to the state Capitol as part of the social studies curriculum on the State of Michigan. Classes were given a tour of the building and a look at the rotunda.

They met with Fred Schaible, chief of staff for Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell), and finished their visit with a tour of the senate and house floor. The last stop of their Lansing trip was exploration of the Michigan History Museum. The annual Capitol visit is funded through parents via Lakeside Study Trip funds.



Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio


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