Red, White and Blue Civics Award

South Windsor Public Schools Top in State
Nine schools or districts were recently recognized for pioneering a civics education program that used the 2016 presidential election to teach politics to Connecticut children and young people. The program—called Red, White & Blue Schools— is a partnership between the State Department of Education and the Office of the Secretary of the State. It rewards outstanding schools that develop programs that foster strong civic engagement among students. The 2016-2017 school year was its inaugural run and centered on the theme of “The Electoral Process.”

South Windsor Public Schools received special recognition for its creation of an "Outstanding Program for K-12." 

“It is critical that we equip young people with the knowledge and perspective it will take to be informed, active citizens in a global society,” Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell said. “The Red, White & Blue Schools Initiative encourages schools to think outside the box about ways to engage students more actively in community and government. I am so impressed with the work happening in the schools being recognized today and I encourage more schools to participate next year.”

Secretary Merrill said, “It was great to see children find ways to participate in the 2016 election. Democracy is not a spectator sport and there are many more ways to get involved than simply
voting. We hope the experience sparks an interest among young people in democratic participation and that it will keep them engaged as active citizens in the future.”