(Orange, Texas)

February 19, 2014

Learning about County government

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — County government is often not taught in schools according to Kathy Covey, a mother who home schools her children.

“There are about 500 groups of home schoolers in Orange County,” Covey said during the Monday afternoon Commissioners Court meeting. “This gives them an opportunity to see how government works at the county level.”

Approximately 20 students attended the meeting. The group also presented the court with gifts and cards to say thank you for allowing them to attend.

“This is the first time we have had home schoolers at court,” County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said.

The meeting was interesting according to Jeremiah Bergeron, 11, of Orange.

“It was educational,” Bergeron said. “They all agreed.”

Bergeron also said that he would most likely attend again when he is an adult.

“It depends if time will let me,” Bergeron said. “I want to be a police officer.”

Bergeron said he enjoys home schooling because he has more family time than if he attended public schools.

“We have more quality time,” Bergeron said.

Rebekah Henson, 10, of Orange, said she enjoys being able to sleep later than children attending public schools.

Henson, a 5-year piano student also attends a Fine Arts academy and softball lessons due to the flexibility of home-schooling.

Henson said the money interested her the most about her first experience in Commissioners Court.

“That was a lot of money to pay the bills,” Henson said.

The court approved the paying of bills for the amount of $484,603 which included the first installment for the new software for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.