Fourth- and fifth-graders at Scroggs attended a mock town meeting with Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange, held as a chance to learn more about government.
"I hope they will gain a better understanding of the democratic process and how government officials speak for them," said fifth-grade teacher Beverly Schieman.
The students, who also are participating in an online mock election, said they were excited about the event and had prepared a variety of questions for Lee.
"I wanted to ask him a question about education because he said that parents would have to take responsibility for their kids if they misbehave in school," fifth-grader Hope Maxwell said. "So that's what I wanted to ask him about."
Some students said they wanted to learn more from Lee's expertise.
"I've been to Washington, so I want to know what a senator is like and stuff," said Andrew Bonds, a student in Schieman's fifth-grade class.
Fourth-grader Cory Trainor focused his question on teacher pay.
"How do you ensure that schools get the best teachers who are not just there for the money?" he asked.
Lee responded by saying he does not believe teachers can be paid enough to compete with private industry. But he said he feels they should be compensated enough so they do not feel they are taken advantage of.