CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Nearly 450 eighth graders from Boone, Lincoln and Kanawha counties celebrated Citizenship Day on Friday with activities focusing on civics education, volunteerism and patriotism.
Among the groups participating in the day-long event at the Culture Center were Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s Office, Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s Office, state Treasurer John Perdue’s Office, state Auditor Glen Gainer’s Office, Hi-Y Leadership Center, League of Women Voters, the West Virginia Library Commission, the West Virginia Bar Foundation and Seven Stories Theatre, the West Virginia State Bar, Volunteer West Virginia, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Virginia Culture Center, Archives and History, the State Museum, the West Virginia History Bowl, the West Virginia Center for Civic Life, the state Department of Education and the Arts and the West Virginia Department of Education. Children also will enjoy tours of the Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion.
“Events like this are important because research tells us that students who study civics are more apt to follow government affairs, to vote, to contact public officials about concerns and are more tolerant of those with differing opinions from their own,” said West Virginia Superintendent Jorea Marple. “It is our duty to teach our children about democracy and what it means to be a citizen because citizenship doesn’t work unless you know how to be a good citizen.”
Citizenship Day, organized by the West Virginia Civic Literacy Council, in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education and other civic organizations, recognizes the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution and celebrates West Virginia’s sesquicentennial. In addition, participants also will remember the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The event is one more way West Virginia is taking a leading role in promoting civics education. The state has been recognized by national organizations for its exceptional efforts to reinvigorate civics in the classroom.
For more information visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/citizenship-day, or contact the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.