MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Students may have packed their pencils away for Thanksgiving break, but some Middle Georgia students are trading theirs in for magnifying glasses. It’s all part of the Youth Law and Crime Scene Camp.
The camp is hosted as a fundraiser by Southwest High School’s Law Academy. Students of the academy were able to share their knowledge with students in 3rd through 8th grade.
Director of the Law Academy, Albert Hall says it’s important for children to know about the law.
“They need to know more about the law so we decided to have the camp,” Hall said. “To show them about the courtroom and learn about the SWAT team. Give them some idea about fingerprints and a lot of things students will need to know.”
The idea for the camp came from Law Academy junior, Henry Hall.
“I thought, hey,, kids don’t have anything to do but if they want to learn about law we can host a program,” Henry Hall said.
Twenty-five students enrolled in the two-day camp. It’s opened the eyes of many students who attended, like 7th grader Iya Carter.
“They make it look so easy on TV but like when you actually do it, it’s hard,” Carter said.
Students were able to learn about fingerprints, visit a courtroom, earn police badge, visit a crime lab and get a kid identification.
“I told my mom i really want to go to this school when i get to high school,” said 5th grader Saylor West.
Southwest High School Law Academy is the only Law Academy in Middle Georgia. This is its first time hosting the camp and plan to do it again in February.
All of the proceeds go to the school’s “Skills USA” organization.