Announcing the winners of the Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Awards.
1st Place: Christine Bernardo Jamestown Lawn Ave School
2nd Place: Jennifer Haskell Middletown High School
3rd Place: Seth Kolker Central Falls High School
Christine Bernardo created civic lessons for all student levels beginning with introductory civics for the nascent student citizens, continuing with students at the helm, stating and proving their claims and finally and most importantly, actively participating in their community and beyond, to effect positive change.
Jennifer Haskell's tireless work illustrates to our students that active learning extends beyond the 1:55 afternoon bell or the June dismissal for summer recess. Mrs. Haskell's "Program" is a resounding success. By constantly reshaping the Current World Issues course and guiding field trips so that all students can experience history, Mrs. Haskell creatively finds ways to make our academic offerings more interesting and history more accessible to all kinds of learners. By serving as Advisor to afterschool clubs such as the Model UN, Class of 2020, and the newly established Political Action Group, she authors a variety of moments where kids can find ways to make their voices heard in our community. And finally, by keeping an eye out for partnerships and professional development opportunities, she forges relationships which allow her students to speak with figures who are playing a role in government today.
Seth Kolker and his students co-founded an after-school
course this year entitled "How to Change the World." The goal of the program is simple and bold: by the end of the year, students will have a working theory of how they want to change the world. All year, they meet with inspiring activists, lawyers, business and non-profit leaders, community volunteers, and elected officials who work for local change. In April, they travel to Washington, DC for a weeklong trip that students design and plan themselves. Upon returning to Rhode Island, students apply what they have learned to carry out capstone projects to boost civic engagement and change their own community for the better.
The 2018 LWVRI Council will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, Jamestown. Council is held on even numbered years. At Council, delegates elect directors and officers. The Council also has the power to change or adopt programs; however, no call for changes has been put forward according to LWVRI Bylaws. Delegates also approve the budget. Local leagues, LWVRI officers, LWVRI committee chairs, and the LWV Education Fund will also present reports. All members of the League may attend the meeting and are encouraged to attend. However, only Council delegates may vote. Delegates are composed of the presidents of each local League or an alternate; one delegate chosen by each local League; the LWVRI Board of Directors; and one delegate representing the LWVRI's members-at-large. Please contact your local League, if you wish to be a delegate to Council.
There is no registration fee but members who plan to attend should contact me, LWVRI president, so we can plan to have sufficient materials to distribute.
Jane W. Koster
April 19, 2018
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