The McKay Civics Initiative
When the Florida Legislature mandated the development of a Civics Education program, teachers were left scrambling for resources to develop programs for their classrooms. The McKay Civics Initiative helps fill that gap. In May 2014, Florida House on Capitol Hill partnered with the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to present two different Civics Education programs to more than 3,000 seventh graders across Polk County. The McKay Civics Initiative program was made possible by the generous support of Florida House Trustee Emeritus Dr. Sarah McKay.
The program has since been held in western Hillsborough, Hendry and Duval counties, now having reached more than 8,000 seventh graders and their teachers. The students experience interactive, entertaining programs about the Bill of Rights and the Separation of Powers during school assemblies. Using audience participation clickers, students test their knowledge of the Bill of Rights and volunteers step forward to act out the different branches of government and their duties. For example, what happens if Congress passes a bill outlawing pizza?
Private sponsorship of the program ensures there is no cost to a school district for hosting the educators or developing the program. Are you interested in hosting this event in your county? Please contact Florida House at 202-546-1555.