Eucalyptus Hills Earns Civics Award
Eucalyptus Hills School Earns Civics Award
Eucalyptus Hills School hosted a recognition event on May 11, 2015 to highlight its civic learning efforts. Eucalyptus Hills is one of only nine public schools to receive a statewide award for engaging students in civic learning, and its program was identified as a model that can be replicated in other schools.
The Eucalyptus Hills civic learning program offers students the opportunity to learn about the voting process and following up with officials. As a Transitional Kindergarten site, students learned to write their name and know their colors to be able to participate in the school election on November 4, 2015, Election Day, to select their school mascot and the colors for the new playground. Thanks to the County Registrar of Voters for the booths and I voted stickers, and the televised results by KUSI that evening, students obtained a genuine experience of electoral engagement. Coyote t-shirts were soon up for order, but the delay of the new playground served as an opportunity to follow-up with the Principal and District Facilities Director. Pressure from the students came in the form of a petition and townhall meeting.
Eucalyptus Hills was recognized with a Civic Learning Award, co-sponsored by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. In its first two years, the program recognized 27 high schools. This year’s awards spotlight, for the first time, public elementary and middle schools, in accordance with recommendations from the California Task Force on K-12 Learning that civic learning begins in kindergarten.
“We must empower the next generation by teaching them about how their government works and their future role in a democracy,” said Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye. “Civics education and engagement is leadership training for the next generation.”
In conjunction with receiving the Civic Learning Award, the May 11th recognition event at Eucalyptus Hills featured a visit from Presiding Judge David J. Danielsen, who got a first-hand look at the school’s award-winning civics program. Participants at the event had the opportunity to interact with students and teachers involved with the program.
“You are never too young to learn about advocacy and democracy,” Principal Sandoval.