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WCPS Middle School Students in Project Citizen Showcase

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 4, 2009) - One class from each middle school will be competing in the We the People: Project Citizen 6th Congressional District Showcase on Friday, February 6, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Classroom Building at Hagerstown Community College. Participants from schools and youth or adult organizations work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem or issue in the community. The ensuing steps include researching the problem, evaluating possible solutions, developing the group’s own solution in the form of a public policy, and creating a political action plan to create awareness and action by local or state officials to adopt the proposed policy. Each group has developed a portfolio of its work to present in the public showcase before a panel of community leaders and civic-minded citizens.

The panel for the February 6th showcase includes Washington County Board of Education members Donna Brightman and Ruth Anne Callaham, Cindy Kalkbrenner from Leadership Hagerstown, Myra Kidd and intern Luke Menefe from 6th District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett’s office, Hagerstown City councilman Lew Metzner, Julie Muenzfeld, safe and drug free resource teacher for Washington County Public Schools (WCPS), Donna Olszewski, representing the Maryland State Department of Education, George Phillips, WCPS Supervisor of Career Technology Education, and Deputy First Class Dan Watson from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

Competing classes could be chosen to participate in the state competition on Friday, May 1, 2009, in Annapolis.

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