Bar News - September 7, 2007
Law Related Education: NH School’s Entry Rated ‘Exceptional’ at National Project Citizen Showcase
A presentation (in poster and portfolio format) by students from Stratham Cooperative Middle School was rated as “Exceptional’ at the National Project Citizen showcase, held this summer in Boston. It won second-highest category of honors at the competition, which attracted entries from throughout the United States.
Project Citizen is a competition for middle school students aimed at encouraging them to research and devise policy solutions to public problems, and is sponsored in New Hampshire by the NHBA Law-Related Education program.
The Stratham students’ entry, “If You Can’t Hunt Safely, Don’t Shoot the Game,” dealt with issues of hunter safety and was the winning entry at the NH competition held in May. The national showcase took place Aug. 5-9 in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The state’s top entry was one of 24 portfolios submitted by classes in four NH schools. (See June 22 issue of Bar News for more on the competition.)
The Stratham Cooperative students involved were: Marshall Irving, John Dolan, Adam Petit, Kelsey Keefe, Katy Ellison, David Nassoura and Nate Pietroantonio, working with teacher Amy Vandersall.
In Project Citizen, students work as a group to identify and study public policy issues and develop an action plan for implementing a proposed policy. The final product is a table-top portfolio displaying the group’s work.
In NH, each portfolio is judged by three volunteers recruited by the Bar Association, who review and assign points to each one of the portfolios entered into the competition. The judging took place May 18 at the Legislative Office Building.
Funding for this law-related education program is provided by the California-based Center for Civic Education, to promote competent and responsible participation in state and local government by teaching students how to monitor and influence public policy in their communities.
To volunteer for this Law-Related Education program, or other LRE programs, contact Coordinator Robin E. Knippers at firstname.lastname@example.org.