FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 3, 2010
Contact: Nikonie Brown
MUW’s Center for Creative Learning receives grant
COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning at Mississippi University for Women was recently awarded $22,000 from the Center for Civic Education to direct Mississippi Project Citizen statewide.
Mississippi Project Citizen is a civic education program that promotes competent and responsible participation in state and local government. It actively teaches and encourages students how to monitor and to influence public policy and encourages civic participation among students, their parents and members of the community. In the process, students develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance and feelings of political efficacy.
Sarah Sumners, the Center for Creative Learning’s professional development specialist and a long-time consultant for the project, has been selected to coordinate the effort.
“We look forward to expanding Project Citizen throughout Mississippi,” she said. “Our goal is to provide teachers with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to implement the curriculum into their classrooms and to teach their students how to be more effective members of society.”
All curricular materials and training costs are provided free of charge to Mississippi teachers, youth specialists and civic club members who are interested in implementing the Project Citizen curriculum in their community.
The Project Citizen program is administered by the Los Angeles-based Center for Civic Education, with the assistance of a national network of state and Congressional district coordinators in every state, and is conducted with the support of the National Conference of State Legislatures. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through an act of Congress. Additional funding at the state level is also provided by an increasing number of state legislatures.
For more information, contact Sumners at (662) 241-6088 or email@example.com.