More than 80 students got a closer look at their communities as part of Government Day at Utica High School.
The program, which has been in place for more than 20 years, allows UHS students and spend the day with Utica and Shelby Township officials.
UHS students shadowed various representatives from both muncipalities, including elected officials, Police and Fire departments, courts, engineering and cable TV.
The students worked with their respective officials for two hours and then attended demonstrations by the police and fire departments.
This year, the police department demonstrated the dangers of distracted driving by creating a simulation of students texting and trying to walk through traffic cones.
The fire department demonstrated new technology that uses foam to contain fires, resulting in less home damage. They also showed how they use air bags to lift up vehicles quickly if someone is trapped inside.
The day's culminating event was a luncheon at Club Monte Carlo, where students addressed the audience and shared what they learned during the day.