SIKESTON -- Student leaders from Sikeston Senior High School will once again assume the roles of mayor, City Council members and other city officials as part of the Sikeston Optimist Club's annual "Youth in Government Day."
To promote a greater understanding of government, students will be tasked this time with deciding whether or not to prohibit smoking in public restaurants and bars within the city limits this Friday.
Students and their city counterparts will meet a 8:30 a.m. in the high school's cafeteria then tour city facilities such as City Hall, Department of Public Safety Headquarters, Fire Station No. 1, the Public Works Complex and the Sikeston Power Plant to observe the city's operations first hand.
At 11 a.m., students will convene the mock City Council meeting in Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 East Center Street.
During this meeting, students will assume the position of mayor, council members, city restaurant and bar owners and concerned citizens to discuss and vote on the smoking ban for the city's restaurants and bars.
Following the meeting, participants and sponsors will attend a luncheon at the Clinton Community Building hosted by the Sikeston Optimist Club.
This year's sponsors are Cargill Inc., First State Bank and Trust, Pullen Brothers Trucking, Sikeston Motor Company and the Standard Democrat newspaper.
Area residents are invited to attend the mock City Council meeting and other activities scheduled Friday.
For more information call Linda Lowes, director of governmental services at 471-2512; Michelle Fayette of the Sikeston Optimist Club at 472-0397; or Crystie Ressel of the Sikeston Senior High School at 472-8850.