District Attorneys to Teach Fifth Graders About the Constitution
Albuquerque, N.M. – The State Bar Public and Legal Education Commission and the New Mexico State Bar Foundation are coordinating participation in Constitution Day, designated by Public Law 108-447 which requires educational institutions receiving federal funds to educate students about the U.S. Constitution. During the Week of Sept. 13–17, volunteer attorneys will be partnered with teachers to co-teach lessons to fifth graders across the state.
Mateo "Matt" S. Page and Timothy W. Cornish, attorneys from the 7th Judicial District Attorneys Office, will speak to students at noon, Sept. 15, at the Route 66 Elementary School in Edgewood. Each student will receive a pocket-sized Constitution paid for by the attorney volunteers who will make the presentations. Teachers will receive a guide, testing materials, flashcards and a crossword puzzle. The curriculum meets New Mexico performance standards in history, civics, and government classes.
To be taught in schools across the nation, the program was created by Liberty Day, www.libertyday.org, a non-partisan volunteer effort to educate Americans about the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Their goal is to help educators, parents, civic organizations, and government officials teach our youth about our founding documents.
More information may be found at http://www.nmbar.org/Public/educationalprograms.html.
The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.