FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2012
Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-815-4462 (cell)
County Board Intern Helps Promote Civics Learning with Summer Project
White Plains, NY – Just in time for the new school year, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) has distributed a resource packet on county governance to every public and private high school in Westchester for teachers to share with students in their government and civics classes. Jacqueline Winters, a White Plains resident who spent her summer as an intern with the BOL communications team, oversaw this educational outreach project and guided it toward completion before heading to college at the end of August.
The resource packet includes information on the history of Westchester County, the roles of the legislators in county government, and ways in which students can get involved in local government. It also includes information for teachers on the County Government Works Campaign, an initiative to raise awareness and understanding of counties developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and iCivics. This initiative features an online game and curriculum to educate students about county government
“Through my internship at the Board of Legislators I was amazed to discover how much county government is a part of our lives in Westchester,” said Winters. “By assembling this study packet for educators, it is my hope that high school students will become proactive in educating themselves about county government. Ultimately, I hope this will encourage them to become more involved in their local communities.”
The daughter of Dr. Preston Winters and Mary Lou Winters, Jacqueline grew up in White Plains and graduated from Ursuline High School in New Rochelle three months ago. She is now attending George Washington University in Washington, D. C. as a freshman majoring in political science.
The BOL already has a Student Legislature program that allows elementary-level classes to experience the legislative process first-hand. With the new resource packet, the BOL is hoping to expand this outreach to older students.
In a cover letter included in the resource packet, BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) urged educators to give their high school students “the tools and resources to increase their interest and involvement in their communities.”
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