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Fifth-grade students at Meadow View have won the Project Citizen state championship for the second year in a row and changed Hardin County Schools’ policy in the process.
Project Citizen develops students’ interest in local, state and federal government.
Students choose a policy they would like to implement or change at a level of government and set about making a proposal for it. Meadow View students chose trying to ban smoking on Hardin County Schools campuses, teacher Laureen Laumeyer said. Laumeyer and teachers Mallory Farquhar and Lisa Stubbs advised the students during their project.
“This actually lets the kids have a part in government,” Laumeyer said.
They began in September, learning about HCS’ policy — which specified a distance smokers needed to be from buildings — and a lack of enforcement that usually existed, Laumeyer said.
Students competed at the district level in April. The highest score among district winners became state winner. Laumeyer learned the group had won in May, the same night the students presented their proposal to the school board.
The board considered the proposal and adopted the change at its June board meeting.
Laumeyer said she was even more thrilled with the change than the state win. She said she saved news clippings about the policy change and is eager to share them with her students, saying “Look what you guys did. You changed something.”
However, sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Project Citizen has been discontinued.
Laumeyer said she’s disappointed the program is not continuing, but thinks the school likely will continue it and choose another project.
Laumeyer said the win and the change are gratifying, and it makes her feel hopeful to work with “amazing” students.
“I think our future is in good shape if we have these 10-year-olds coming up,” she said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or email@example.com.