The City of Bellingham is hosting a child-friendly opportunity for young people to see government in action during Family Council Day on Monday Feb. 27.
Family Council Day will take place on Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 210 Lottie Street. While children and families are always welcome to attend Bellingham City Council meetings, Family Council Day will provide an opportunity for young people to participate in the process. The event aims to encourage children's civic participation and increase their knowledge of how government works. The idea for Family Council Day was brought forward by local constituent Jenn Mason.
“I've worked with children and families in many capacities, and believe people of all ages have value and that their voices should be heard,” said Mason. “Interacting with local government can sometimes feel intimidating and I want to help demystify the experience.”
Families are invited to a meet-and-greet beginning at 6:15 p.m., where children may have their pictures taken with local elected officials and receive City Councilmember trading cards. Light snacks will be served. The Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and all attendees are welcome to make a statement up to three minutes during the Public Comment Period.
“So much happens at the local level that affects all of us,” said Councilmember Dan Hammill. “To me, it's important that families with children see firsthand how their city's government functions and to have a voice in that process.”
City Council meetings appear live on television, thus providing an opportunity for the messages of young people to reach a large audience in Whatcom County.