Camp will offer essentials of civic learning, policy engagement

The civic education workshop is open to students entering fifth through 12th grades

Kentwood Public Schools and the Michigan Center for Civic Education are offering a free summer workshop/camp on Aug. 6-8 focused on civic learning, current events and the Constitution. The camp will be held at the East Kentwood Freshman Campus.

The workshop is open to students entering fifth through 12th grades (in the case of overwhelming interest, priority will be given to Kentwood students). Teachers and community members are also encouraged to attend, with State Continuing Education Clock Hours available for teachers as well as resources for classroom teaching.

Students and staff will be given an overview of essential skills in civic education, including a mock trial, Constitutional knowledge, research, speaking, public policy, and advocacy. Students will delve deeper into one area of study and experience it firsthand, and will have an opportunity to work with mentors. The camp will culminate in a showcase of solutions to student-identified issues.

Students and teachers can sign up online, call Ellen Zwarensteyn at 248-321-4842 or email her at ezwarensteyn@miciviced.org. Registration deadline is Aug. 1, with notifications sent by Aug. 3.

Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

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