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    News Release May 2002: Heritage Christian Middle School to compete in civics competition

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      CONTACT: org cpowers wisbar Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (608) 250-6025
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    Heritage Christian Middle School to compete in civics competition

    MADISON, May 31, 2002 - Students from Heritage Christian Middle School in West Allis will compete in the "We the People...Project Citizen" statewide competition this weekend. Four teams of students spent a semester studying a public policy issue and developed an implementation plan under the direction of their teacher Tracy Eastburn. The students will be judged on their creative efforts to research and devise solutions to the following issues.

    • Dangerous intersections One team of students studied the intersection of Woelfel Road and Wisconsin Avenue near their school. The students felt that adding a sign that reads "cross traffic does not stop" or changing it to a four-way stop will solve the problem.
    • Littering The students felt that two different educational campaigns would help eliminate littering. One campaign is based on the slogan "Carry in, Carry Out" the other is "Give Your 1%" to symbolize people using 1% of their time in the park picking up litter.
    • Private School Tuition One team addressed the issue of families having to pay tuition in order for their kids to attend private school, in addition to paying taxes that aid public schools. Their possible solutions include charter schools, school vouchers or Universal Tuition Tax Credit, when parents can contribute to the education of their secondary or elementary student and qualify for a dollar for dollar credit against certain taxes owed.

    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 winner of the state competition will compete in the national tournament in Denver in July. Heritage Christian Middle School has won the state competition the past four years.

    "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.

    For more information on other State Bar law-related education efforts, visit, 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 legal system.