Students at Fairfield High School taking civics and government classes are learning about the Indiana court system.
And Thursday, the students may have learned more than a year of books and overheads.
The students watched an actual Indiana Court of Appeals session. The case is called Tyhesha Lemon v. State of Indiana. A panel of judges, Paul Mathias, Michael Barnes, and Terry Crone listened to and questioned the attorneys in the school's auditorium.
And the students got to watch.
"It's not just book work. You're learning something through watching something," explains Derek Thwaits, a 9th grade civics student.
His teacher, Marilee Keim, organized the court session so her students could experience what she's taught them.
"I just really think this is a great opportunity," Keim says. "I wish more citizens in the state of Indiana actually got to avail themselves of this."
The judges took questions from the students after the court session. The kids weren't allowed to ask specifics about the case, but general questions about the court system and the branches of government.
Afterward, the judges went back to Indianapolis, and the students went back to their classrooms...
And lessons learned.