|For Immediate Release
||CONTACT: org cpowers wisbar Christi Powers
State Bar of Wisconsin
(608) 692-2206 (mobile)
DeForest Middle School to compete in civics competition
MADISON, May 31, 2002 - Students from DeForest
Middle School will compete in the "We the People...Project Citizen"
statewide competition this weekend. The students spent a semester
studying a public policy issue and developed an implementation plan
under the direction of their teacher Suzanne Moen. The students will be
judged on their creative efforts to make milk available to all students
after regular school hours.
In an effort to combat childhood obesity, the DeForest team was
determined to provide fellow students with nutritional alternatives to
soda and junk food. As a result of their research, the students will
encourage school officials to install a vending machine stocked with
milk in their school.
Project Citizen is a civic education program for middle school
students to promote competent and responsible participation in state and
local government. The students' final product is a large portfolio
displaying their work.
"The caliber of this year's entries clearly demonstrates that the
students successfully worked together to find innovative solutions to
societal problems," said retired teacher Jack Jarmes, state coordinator
for Project Citizen." "I can't think of a better way to teach kids about
the inner workings of state and local government."
The competition, to be held at State Bar Center in Madison on June 1,
is sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the State Bar of
Wisconsin, the Center for Civic Education, the National Conference of
State Legislatures and the U.S. Department of Education. A panel of 16
judges - including attorneys, legislative staff, government leaders and
retired teachers - will score the entries based on completeness,
clarity, and graphics. The winner of the state competition will compete
in the national tournament in Denver in July.
For more information on other State Bar law-related education
efforts, visit www.legalexplorer.com/education,
or contact Dee Runaas at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6191.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association,
created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law
license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids
the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides
continuing legal education for its members, and assists Wisconsin
lawyers in carrying out initiatives to educate the public about the