By Patricia J. Karlak
On March 29, South Junior High School will receive the state’s Civic Learning Award of Distinction. South is one of just six schools in the state to receive the Award of Distinction for its efforts to engage students in civic learning.
Now in their sixth year, the awards are co-sponsored by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.
“It is inspiring to see so many schools developing the next generation of leaders through civic education,” Cantil-Sakauye said. “In the end, civics education promotes civic engagement.”
Torlakson said South is a great example of “how to creatively and effectively teach civics to our students. Civic is a critical component of our education system. It helps students be active participants in civic life, which is critical to maintaining a vibrant democracy.”
Administrative Presiding Justice Judith McConnell, the top judicial officer for the region, will be presenting the award.