SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Before last week's township committee meeting commenced, members of Springfield Daisy Troop 40212 got a first-hand look at how local government worked.
The girls are lead by Rachel Fishman, who is co-leader alongside fellow parent Rachel Baker. Fishman told TAPinto that the troop was there to receive a first-hand look into the inner workings of municipal government, including the township committee and the police department.
"We're learning about the government," Fishman said. "We're going to take a tour of the police station. We are earning our daisy petal for learning how to respect authority."
For Fishman, tours like these are incredibly helpful, because they bring topics to life for her troop members in an entirely new way.
What made the tour special for Fishman, especially during Women's History Month was that both of the leaders helping to run the tour were women, including Springfield Township Committee Member Erica Dubois and Springfield Police Officer Jaqueline Alves.
"I think it's really important," Fishman said. "I think that it's not always so visible, what goes on to run a town, and I think it's great that they see it. I also think it's really great that they're getting to see some of the female leaders of the town ... who are helping us with the tour."
As for Dubois, she said that helping the next generation of leaders learn about municipal government was one of her favorite things.
"It's my favorite part of the job," Dubois said. "I was able to do this last year for my daughter's daisy troop, so that was incredibly special. This troop is the little sisters of a lot of her troop members, so it's really special to be able to give back to them and just spend some time, and just show them female representation both on the police force and in municipal government."
"I really do think that's important and it's the best part of the job, really," Dubois added.