Congratulations to Grade 8 student, Alex Bossio, who has been selected to serve as a legislative page at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Toronto. During his three-week term, from May 28 to June 8, 2012, Bossio will serve as a messenger on the floor of the Legislative Chamber, meet key parliamentary figures and learn about Ontario’s parliamentary system of government. He will be away from his school, Harry J. Clarke Public School, during that time.
Bossio is the second HPEDSB student selected this year to serve as a legislative page. He earned his spot by submitting an application that included an essay outlining his achievements, community involvement and suitability for the program. He must study and learn the faces, names and locations of the 107 MPPs before arriving at Queen’s Park for his first day on the job. Legislative pages are selected from across the province and come together at Queen’s Park. They develop long-lasting friendships and meet fellow students with similar interests as they participate in this unique educational program.
During a typical day in the program, pages arrive at Queen’s Park at approximately 8:00 a.m., dress in their uniforms and then prepare the Legislative Chamber for the morning’s debates. As the day progresses, pages are involved in a number of activities including: delivering messages and water for the MPPs in the Chamber; taking classes in legislative process and mathematics; and meeting with key legislative players such as the party leaders and speaker of the house.
The Legislative Page Program is open to students in Grades 7 and 8 who have an interest in current affairs, have an academic average of 80% or higher and get along well with their peers and adults. Complete details are online at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]