Thursday, July 29, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BUFORD -- A project created by an eighth-grade Georgia Studies class at Jones Middle School received a Superior ranking at the Project Citizen 2010 National Showcase.
In all, 21 schools received this top ranking at the national event. The schools represented Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
The Jones Middle School students' project was titled "Water Wars III: Alabama, Florida and Georgia -- Who Will Win?" The project consisted of a portfolio documenting the students' research with charts, written statements and interviews.
As part of their class, the students were charged with identifying a problem in their community and determining which level of government is directly responsible for dealing with the problem. The students conducted research and surveys, attended guest speaker presentations, and conducted interviews with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gov. Sonny Perdue's staff, members of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' office and special interest groups. They examined alternative public policies and proposed their own to be used to address the problem.
Project Citizen is a program for middle grades students that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps young people learn processes to monitor and influence public policy as engaged citizens.