Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:39 pm | Updated: 3:53 pm, Wed Apr 19, 2017.
Thompson Elementary School received recognition for its teaching of civic responsibility on Tuesday, April 18, when it was presented the Superior Court of California's California Civic Learning Merit Award. The award was presented by Court Executive Officer Nancy Eberhardt, Presiding Judge Raymond Haight III and Chief Deputy Court Executive Officer Mary Davis at a special assembly.
According to Haight, 57 awards were given statewide, and just four in San Bernardino county, to showcase programs engaging students in civic learning and teaching the democratic process.
Thompson was selected for the honor based on its active student-elected student council, classroom "fish bowl" discussions on current events and emphasis on community service. The students also vote, in official voting booths, for classroom representatives.
"We want to make sure students understand the importance of democracy at an early age and applaud those schools facilitating that learning," said Eberhardt.
"We're so very excited," said Principal Howana Lundy about receiving the honor. "You do the work and we're excited to have somebody recognize it, especially the State of California Judicial System.