COLUMBUS – The
U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights came to life on Friday, May 17, 2013, when
more than 300 middle school students traveled to the Fawcett Center on the
Campus of The Ohio State University to participate in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Middle School State
Showcase, a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.
“The depth of knowledge
demonstrated by the students is truly remarkable,” said OCLRE Executive
Director Lisa Eschleman. “It is very
exciting to watch the students apply what they have learned in the classroom to
the important issues facing our country today.”
following schools earned the rating of “Superior,” the highest superlative awarded:
Indian Hill Middle School (Cincinnati) and Sycamore Jr. High School
We the People is a nationally acclaimed civic
education program, helping students understand the history, philosophies, and
evolution of our constitutional government. At the showcase, students
participated in simulated congressional hearings before a panel of volunteer
judges including attorneys and community leaders. Using their expertise and experience, the judges
evaluated responses to questions designed to explore students’ depth of knowledge
and understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
“We the People prepares students to be enlightened citizens through the study of the enduring ideas
of America's founders, and the principles of constitutional government,” said
students represent our next generation of
leaders and active participants in the democratic process.”
throughout Ohio participated in the We
showcase: Berwick Alternative Middle School (Columbus), Gahanna Middle School
South (Gahanna), Indian Hill Middle School (Cincinnati), Miller City-New
Cleveland Middle School (Miller City), Monroe Alternative Middle School
(Columbus), Mt. Healthy Jr. High School (Cincinnati), St. Paul School
(Westerville), and Sycamore Jr. High School (Cincinnati).
We the People, is administered in Ohio by the Ohio Center for
Law-Related Education and nationally by the Center for Civic Education. We the
People is financially supported by the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education
Center for Law-Related Education (the Center) is a non-profit, nonpartisan
organization whose goal is to improve society by developing citizens empowered
with an understanding of our democratic system. The Supreme Court of Ohio, the
Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the
American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation sponsor the Center. For
more information on the Center, please call (877) 485-3510 or visit www.oclre.org.