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Crestwood Elementary to compete in national tournament
The Madison school takes first place in public policy contest
MADISON, May 28, 2003 - Crestwood Elementary School
students took first place in a public policy contest held earlier this
month at the State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison. Aimed at educating
students on civic issues, the We the People - Project Citizen
competition hosted 7 teams with more than 75 students from 6 schools
throughout the state.
"It was a close contest and our judges had a tough time selecting
from the wonderful variety of projects," said Dee Runaas, State Bar law
education coordinator. "Crestwood did a nice job and worked very hard to
take first place - especially since they were a group of elementary
school kids competing with older middle school students," she said.
The eight-student team from Crestwood Elementary worked with three
teachers to prepare a detailed portfolio and table-sized visual display
entitled "Recess: Perishing Before Our Eyes." The project proposed to
increase student recess time at public schools. Student team members
Crestwood Elementary teaching staff includes:
Citizen is a civic education program to promote competent and
responsible participation in state and local government. The students'
final product is a large portfolio displaying how they identified,
researched and developed their public policy action plan. Teams present
their portfolios in a simulated legislative hearing before a panel of
The diverse panel of 22 judges -- attorneys, legislative staff,
government leaders and retired teachers - ranked entries based on
completeness, clarity, and graphics. In addition to the competition,
Crestwood students have been asked to present their project to the
Wisconsin State Journal editorial board and Madison Metropolitan School
District board members this week.
"We're really excited to have these additional opportunities to
showcase this project," said Joyce Hemphill, a Crestwood teaching
assistant. "This is the first time the school has won the event and
we're looking forward to future competitions so more students can get
involved," she said.
The competition, held at State Bar Center in Madison on May 17, was
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.
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.