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Bell Gardens High School Seniors Take Over City Hall

Bell Gardens High School seniors ready for college eagerly attended Student Government Day in Bell Gardens April 4 to learn firsthand how city government works.

Bell Gardens High School seniors listen to Abel Avalos, the city’s director of community development at the Bicycle Casino on April 4. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Hundreds of students participated in the annual event that introduces participants to city government by having students shadow Bell Gardens staff around city hall.

The event included a mock city hall meeting, after which students were transported to the Bicycle Casino where listened to the event’s closing speaker, Abel Avalos, Bell Gardens’ director of community development.

Avalos shared his perspective about growing up in Bell Gardens, going to college and returning to work in his hometown. He said it was a way for him to give back to the community that helped him reach his goals.

He said he saw participating in the city’s Government Day as a way to “maybe inspire one or two of these kids to achieve their goals, to do the things they know they could, and overcome any obstacles that come before them.”