MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON
A BIG 'THANK YOU'
I am so pleased to report that we exceeded by nearly two-fold our goal of 100 class rooms on Constitution Day, September 17th. Our 174 volunteers taught 193 lessons to classrooms, assemblies, and community youth councils in 15 counties statewide. We estimate that over 15,000 students were able to receive this valuable information about our system of government and the part they can play in its evolution, growth, and stability. We greatly appreciate the volunteer judges, attorneys, and law school students who shared their knowledge and experience with the children in our communities. The time these volunteers graciously gave will benefit us and our society exponentially. We also want to thank the teachers who invited members of the Bar into their classrooms and we hope that the experience their students had with our Constitution program demonstrated our commitment to the education of our children. Rusty Taylor, Principal at Desert Hills High School in St. George sent a note in gratitude to one of the attorneys who taught at his school, saying “Community support for education is essential if we want to accomplish our goals with our students.” We agree!
Our Constitution Day kick-off had a built-in bonus for us, too. Attorney volunteers had a great time! One lawyer wrote in, “(d)one teaching 7 classes. At least I can say there are some two or three-hundred students who are a little less confused about the Constitution, Separation of Powers, and what lawyers really do for a living. If you need any help like this in the future, let me know - I'd do it again.” This is good to hear because we do plan to call on our volunteers again and we are asking for more Utah lawyers to join in. Hopefully having attorneys in classrooms on Constitution Day will become an annual event. We have invited teachers whose students have not yet heard our lesson to allow us to come into their classrooms sometime in the coming year, when our materials on the Constitution may fit into their planned curriculum. If you would like to join our list of volunteers or, if you know a teacher who would like to have us visit their students, please link to http://www.utahbar.org/highschoolcivics/welcome.html. Read more about the success of the Utah State Bar Constitution program at http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/54883608-200/constitution-students-government-percent.html.csp.
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