Young students at Sunny View Elementary recently had an opportunity to see and learn more about Polk County’s past, present and future.

Students in kindergarten, first and second grades visited Columbus and toured the Polk County Historical Museum. Students were led through the museum by volunteer Kathy Taft, who also tutors students at Sunny View.

The group also toured the Columbus Fire Department, where firefighters Andrew Kegley and Tony Priester showed students the department’s new ladder truck.

Students also had a chance to see the new Polk County Law Enforcement Center, escorted by Chief of Staff Kim Pack, as well as the visit the historic Polk County Courthouse, led by Clerk of Court Pam Hyder.

Second graders on the tour also got an opportunity to mail letters to schools around the world as part of their Flat Stanley geography and literacy project when the group stopped at the U.S. Post Office in Columbus.

The field trip provided a chance for students to learn firsthand about our wonderful community and how it works.