November 14, 2023
Monday, November 13th Weiser Middle School students along with their teacher Courtney Thompson made a presentation to the Weiser City Council. Thompson teaches two computer exploratory classes at Weiser Middle School. The class covers computer skills and for a recent project the students were learning to write letters. Thompson had students practice these skills by writing letters to the Weiser City Council on something the students felt needed addressed in their community.
Students were tasked to come up with a project they’d like to see the City Council approve to improve their community. They had to research the process and cost of the project improvement with a conclusion statement as to why their proposed project was necessary and a great idea. Thompson shared during the presentation that two years ago she did this same concept for her classes and thought it was interesting the difference in what this year’s students thought was needed versus what the students from a few years ago felt was important, “Two years ago their projects were very entertainment minded. They wanted a skate park and they wanted a splash pad and they wanted bleachers at the pool. These guys are very serious and their top projects were roads, we want our roads and sidewalks fixed,” stated Thompson.
The council was impressed with the students’ letters and their ideas on improvements for the community. Mayor Randy Hibberd told the students, “I was impressed by how you put things together, the research you had done and how close you came to putting it realistically… For middle school students to put these proposals together is very impressive.” Council member Larry Hogg shared his appreciation to the students stating, “I want to thank you for taking the time to be here and let us know what you think and let us know the projects you want us to work on… Please know that you have been heard.”
For the full presentation please check out the November 13th, 2023 Weiser City Council meeting video.