Hampton Elementary Participates in Simulated Congressional Hearing

This Friday, May 13, 2011, the fourth graders at Hampton Elementary School will participate in a Simulated Congressional Hearing–a culminating project after studying the U.S. government for the past two months.  Students are required to present a paper they have written that addresses an area of government they have learned about in class and are then questioned and critiqued by judges.  Upon completion, students will receive certificates of participation provided and signed by Mayor Barnett, who is one of six judges.  The following individuals will also serve as judges:  Officer Luke Mitchell, Jim Troost, Director of Programs, Michigan Center for Civic Education, Hy Safran, Congressional Outreach Director for Representative Gary Peters, Martin Brennan, Attorney, and Marty Sibert, RCS Board Member and attorney.  Mrs. Monica McCauley, fourth grade teacher at Hampton is responsible for coordinating the effort as a result of receiving “We the People” training last summer in Virginia.  “We the People” is a nationally acclaimed program funded by the U.S. Department of Education by act of Congress.

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