East St. Louis Students Take Over City Hall

Posted on: 12:35 pm, February 18, 2013, by , updated on: 05:37pm, February 18, 2013

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – Several high school students got a first hand look today at what it`s like to run key leadership positions in East St. Louis city government.

Four students took part in ‘run the city’ day at East St. Louis city hall.
The students shadowed four city leaders including Mayor Alvin Parks, the fire and police chiefs and the city treasurer.

We talked with two of the students including the one who was with the mayor.

“It was actually a very interesting experience because I`m able to see what he does and how he does as far as being a mayor so it`s actually interesting- maybe I might look into wanting to be the mayor one day,” said Anthony Wilmington, a junior at SIUE Charter High School in East St. Louis.

Brandon rice, a senior at SIUE Charter High School, added, ‘I wanted to gain a sense of leadership from our city`s leaders and I feel that that`s what I`m going to take away.’
The students also took part in a town hall meeting where they presented ideas to city leaders on how to improve East St. Louis.
The delta sigma theta sorority put on the program with the city of East St. Louis.