The Manassas City School Board honored the Prince William County Bar Association at a recent school board meeting for the many programs the local bar association sponsored in partnership with school administrative officials during the 2017-2018 school year.
In particular, Almeta Radford, Director of Public Communications with MCPS, highlighted the Character Counts! essay contest, the Court Tours/Mock Trial Program and the Rule of Law Project for middle school students, and the “So You’re 18” Program for high school seniors.
The essay contest focusses on the six pillars of good character which are the foundation of the organization: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Students submit essays on one of the six pillars and are judged by volunteer attorneys from the bar association.
The Court Tours/Mock Trial Program provides tours of the county’s Judicial Center, led by volunteer attorneys from the bar, to introduce law and law enforcement as a career option for students. The program ends with a mock trial on underage drinking or sexting.
The Rule of Law Project provides an opportunity for a civics teacher and a volunteer attorney to develop an in-class, interactive lesson plan that helps to explain the concept of the rule of law: Citizens help make the laws that govern them and agree to be bound by those laws, regardless of their station in life.
The “So You’re 18” program sends trained volunteer attorneys to all high school government classes to teach seniors how legal rights, restrictions and responsibilities change when they turn 18.
There were at least 120 volunteer attorneys and judges who provided over 200 hours of service for these programs to students in Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County school divisions, Sarah Knapp, president of the PWC Bar Association, said.
For more, visit pwcba.org.