Robinson Elementary School teacher Teri Wilkins said the annual partners in education field trip is a rite of passage for fourth grade students.
“It’s part of going to school here,” said Wilkins on Friday as she watched her students shoot billiards and play video games at the Dawsonville Pool Room.
“When you get to fourth grade, you get to take the big field trip,” she said.
Laura Wilkins, now 22, remembers the field trip quite well from her grade school days. “It’s a good memory,” she said as she helped her mother supervise. “It’s something these kids will remember for a long time.”
Fourth grade students played at the Pool Room, toured Thunder Road USA and got a lesson in government from Dawsonville’s city administrator, Kim Cornelison.
Cornelison talked with the children about the role government plays in their daily lives. Students followed the lecture with a mock city council meeting in which they talked about local issues.
Dawson County’s Gordon Pirkle said the children “really enjoyed the mock council meeting ... they really got into it. I mean, they were well-spoken and did a nice job of presenting their opinions.”
Pirkle said the annual field trip has been held for more than 20 years.
“It’s one of my favorite things I get to do here,” he said. “The kids that come here, I never forget them.”