INDIANAPOLIS -- State Sen. John Waterman (R-Shelburn) invites area middle school and high school students to spend a day at the Statehouse and serve as Senate pages during the 2013 legislative session, which runs from Jan. 7-April 29.
"Meeting your students who take an interest in their government is very meaningful to me, and I'm glad to introduce them to Indiana's state Capitol," Waterman said. "I hope to see several students from our community visit the Senate this session to learn about how our state legislature works and hear discussion about important issues facing Hoosiers."
Interested students should submit page requests as soon as possible by visiting www.in.gov/senatepageprogram. Requests may also be e-mailed to Senator.Waterman@iga.in.gov, or sent by mail to the following address:
* State Sen. John Waterman, Indiana Senate, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ind., 46204.
All requests need to include the student's name, address, home telephone number, age and school affiliation.
Pages may request to visit on most Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during session.
Friends wanting to page on the same day should send requests together.
Waterman said specific date requests will be considered, but may not be possible.
The Senate's page office will confirm the scheduled date after processing the incoming requests.
Participating as a page is an excused absence from school.
Pages must arrive at the Statehouse by 8:30 a.m., to begin their orientation.
They will then tour the historic Statehouse and observe legislative proceedings in either committee rooms or the Senate Chamber.
Parents are responsible for pages' transportation to and from the Statehouse, and pages should plan on bringing a lunch or money to buy a meal.
Food may be purchased at the Government Center Cafeteria, Circle Centre Mall, or one of the many downtown restaurants near the Statehouse.
For additional information on the Senate page program, log on to Waterman's website at IN.gov/Senator.Waterman, and click the Page Program link under the For Students & Educators tab, or call 1-800-382-9467.