Franklin students get up close look at GIS
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Clockwise, from top, Franklin student watch as Massac County Deputy Assessor Gail Barnhill operates the GIS system.  At the bottom, students take over employee Debbie English’s computer to look up addresses; and at the bottom left, on their way out each student received a lollipop attached to a card with the website address to look up Massac County properties online.
— Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
Clockwise, from top, Franklin student watch as Massac County Deputy Assessor Gail Barnhill operates the GIS system. At the bottom, students take over employee Debbie English’s computer to look up addresses; and at the bottom left, on their way out each student received a lollipop attached to a card with the website address to look up Massac County properties online. — Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
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School children learn a lot in the classroom, but field trips throughout the year also provide a chance for them to see things outside of the classroom setting.

Before the end of the school year, on May 17, Franklin Elementary sixth grade students in Carla Bunting’s class visited Massac County Courthouse where they spent time hearing from Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst, who also answered many questions the students had.

Bunting said she and Windhorst started Law Day last year. It’s a day designated for the students to visit and learn more about the law. After spending about an hour with Windhorst and touring the large courtroom, the students headed to the basement of the courthouse to pay a visit to the Massac County Supervisor of Assessment’s office.

When it comes to technology, kids and teens tend to be quick learners. That’s why Massac County Assessor Gary Hamm was eager for Franklin Elementary students to take a look at Massac County’s Geographic Information System (GIS).

Massac County has had GIS mapping for awhile, but since Hamm became the supervisor of assessments on May 30, 2011, he has been working toward making more information from his office available to the public.

While there, students got an up close look at the GIS as Hamm’s employees, Debbie English, Courtney Deasel, Butch Jones and Gayle Barnhill took groups of children and gathered them around their computers to show them how to look up properties in Massac County on the county’s mapping website.

Anyone with computer and Internet access may log onto http://massac.il.bhamaps.com and input an address and

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