Temecula Valley Unified School District County of: Riverside Civic Learning Award of: Merit
Civic Learning Highlights
Chapparal High School’s Participating in Government Project program helps students to increase awareness of and involvement in, local government issues that allow students to become participants in the democratic process. Chapparal also offers an academic curriculum/extracurricular student club called We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution as a part of its AP Government and Politics classes. The program engages students to seek a deeper understanding of the US political system. Lastly, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) provides students with the best tools to cope with issues such as underage drinking, drug use, and teen suicide. It’s goal is to inform, educate, support, and empower young people to make positive decisions.
• Provide instruction in government, history, law and democracy, and avoid teaching only rote facts about dry procedures. • Discuss current local, national and international issues and events in the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives. • Conduct community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom (Service-learning). • Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities. • Encourage students’ participation in simulations of democratic process and procedures such as voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy.