Banks offers middle and high school students the chance to serve as pages

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) invites area middle school and high school students to spend a day at the Statehouse and serve as Senate pages during the 2013 legislative session, which runs from Jan. 7 to April 29.

"This is a unique opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in state government," Banks says.

"Former pages have applied what they learned through the program to their careers, education and civic activities. I encourage anyone with an interest in politics or government to apply."

Interested students should submit page requests as soon as possible by visiting

Requests may also be emailed to Senator.Banks or mailed to State Sen. Jim Banks, Indiana Senate, 200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.

All requests need to include the student's name, address, home telephone number, age and school affiliation.

Friends wanting to serve on the same day should send requests together. Banks said specific date requests will be considered, but may not be possible. The Senate page office will confirm the scheduled date after processing the incoming requests.

Participating as a page is an excused absence from school. Pages must arrive at the Statehouse by 8:30 a.m. to begin their orientation. They will then tour the historic Statehouse and observe legislative proceedings in committee rooms or the Senate Chamber.

Parents are responsible for pages' transportation to and from the Statehouse, and pages should plan on bringing a lunch or money to buy a meal. Food can be purchased at the Government Center Cafeteria, Circle Centre Mall or one of the many downtown restaurants near the Statehouse.

For additional information on the Senate page program, visit Banks' website at or call 800-382-9467.