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Applicants sought for state legislative page posts

OLYMPIA — Do you know a young person interested in expanding their civic education or public service? Representatives Kevin Van De Wege, D- Sequim, and Steve Tharinger, D- Dungeness, are now accepting page applications for the coming legislative session that begins in January and runs until mid-March.

“Students are learning about Washington state government and the legislative process in their classrooms each day,” said Rep. Van De Wege. “Taking part in the page program is a great way for young people to see what they are reading in textbooks on-the-ground, while expanding their knowledge in a dynamic and exciting way.”

Participation in the page program is a weeklong commitment. Students spend two hours per day attending class on the legislative process. They spend the rest of the day doing various duties – ranging from administrative tasks to ceremonial duties. Pages are compensated $35/day for their work.

“Pages help with the day-to-day operation of the Legislature,” said Rep. Tharinger. “This gives them a good sense of how the Legislature works and what Kevin and I do. It’s a great experience for the students who participate and we try to make it as enjoyable and educational as possible.”

To learn more about the page program, visit http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx. The page application is available electronically at http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Documents/Page_application.pdf. Folks can also contact Reps. Van De Wege (kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov) and Tharinger (steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov) for more information.

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