Dozens of students gather to talk about how to have a voice in civic life. Those students are part of the Office of Public Instruction's student advisory board.
Friday's topic focused on how schools have helped prepare Montana students to be engaged in policy making. Students came up with ideas on policies like mathematical standards, childhood hunger and technology. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says it's important to hear from students about what issues affect them.
"Every time I meet with them I know our groups of students out there makes me really proud to be the leader of our public education system because I see the outcome of what our education system is producing," Juneau said. "They are smart. They are capable, and they are ready to lead. And this summit shows me that every time."
The board is made up of students from across the state and meets twice a year to give feedback to the office about how policies are being implemented in schools.