HARRISBURG - Students from Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties enrolled in Keystone Girls State and Keystone Boys State programs had a chance to visit the Capitol recently.

Keystone Girls State is a week-long initiative sponsored by the Pennsylvania American Legion Auxiliary. The program is designed to empower younger women to make a change in their community and to teach the importance of responsible citizenship.

Keystone Boys State program is a week-long trip run by The Pennsylvania American Legion, designed to develop leadership and pride in American citizenship in its participants and to spark an interest in the detailed study of government.

Throughout the week, students from both programs will stay at Shippensburg University and make trips as part of the educational experience. The students visited Harrisburg, where they had a chance to visit the Capitol and enter the Senate chamber where they discussed various topics with lawmakers including State Senator, Lisa Baker.