And Justice for All
On September 23, students from Maywood, Curtis, and Eustis, went to County Government Day in Stockville, the county seat of Frontier County. Upon their arrival, students entered the courtroom where the County Clerk, Board of Commissioners, Assessor, Treasurer, Zoning Administrator, and the Weed Superintendent introduced themselves and talked about their positions and what they do. Next students were sent on a fact-finding scavenger hunt all over the courthouse. Students went to different departments and asked county employees specific questions about their job. During the scavenger hunt students visited the Judge’s chambers, learned where to get one’s driver’s license, registration, tags and license plates; also where one pays tickets, as well as where property and house taxes are collected. A highlight of this activity was stopping by the County Clerk’s office where students went through the process of getting a marriage license; and if they wanted to, they could get married to one of their friends (wasn’t legal of course).
After the tour of the offices, students reconvened in the courtroom where the County Attorney explained his position and responsibilities. Students learned that the County Attorney is not only a lawyer but actually has a number of jobs to do for the county. Later, Students departed Stockville, and headed to Curtis, to tour the Frontier County Jail house. Students were invited to experience physically being inside a jail cell and taking. All agreed that it’s better to be on the outside of a jail cell looking in than on the inside looking out! It’s amazing how much goes one is such a little courthouse! The Frontier County Courthouse is one of the oldest courthouses in Nebraska and is constructed entirely of wood. This was a great experience for all 51 students that attended!
Frontier County Courthouse - Stockville, Nebraska