Way to go! The Laredo Morning Times ran a story this morning on Kazenopolis, a so-called mini-city at one of the local schools complete with it's own aspiring Border Patrol agents. What better way to discourage bullying, especially against the English Language Learners (the current designation for Spanish-speaking students).
Can you imagine those junior Border Patrol agents stopping a non-English speaking student in the halls "papers please!".
From The Laredo Morning Times
The mini-cityThe teller station is the community’s centerpiece.
There, students can open accounts, make deposits, write checks, balance checkbooks and withdraw their “Kazenopolis Cash.”
Meanwhile, booths representing the mini-city’s departments line the hallways surrounding the library.
Departments include the post office, utilities, recycling, agriculture and a radio station.
The mini-city also has junior Border Patrol agents.
There’s also a mini-mart, where students can spend their mock currency. Items range from pencils and crayons to basketballs.
Prices were jacked up after inventory started selling fast.
Some students protested the increased prices.
Staff, in turn, saw this as an opportunity to teach them about inflation.
Students who wanted to complain about the increased costs were asked to write letters to the Kazenopolis mayor or city council.
The goal of the project is to teach students the basics of local government.