The Mason Schools Foundation grant Project Citizen Government in Action
allowed fifty eighth graders from Project Citizen,a social studies elective class at Mason Middle School, to see our government in action, and apply in real life what they learned from the course.
"We had a fabulous day touring the Ohio Judicial Center and State House, participating in a mock trial, observing a real Supreme Court case, and watching the House of Representatives in a debate on the Transportation Bill," shared MMS teacher and grant recipient Renee Thole
Students were also able to speak with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Maureen O’Connor, as well as lawyers and lobbyists who work with the representatives at the State House.
"After our visit, students will complete a reflection on the field trip. They will be asked to discuss their understanding from the experience, and to provide a level of detail as to how their understanding of the government was supported, extended or challenged by this experience."
During the Project Citizen course, students study democracy and the role of the citizen within it. The three branches of government are studied at all levels of government, and then the students are asked to culminate the teachings by trying to create or change a public policy.