Constitution Day event to spark youth interest in civic engagement

Today, we celebrate Constitution Day. On this day in 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution, the governing document of our country. Across the country, people will be commemorating this historic event with various events and activities.

Tonight, Michigan State University Extension Chippewa County 4-H, the League of Women Voters of the Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP), the EUP ISD and Lake Superior State University (LSSU) will host a Constitution Day celebration with guest speaker Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. Participants will hear Justice McCormack speak on the importance of youth being civically engaged. The free event takes place at LSSU’s Arts Center and is open to all.

The League of Women voters will have information available on the importance of voting, and MSU senior Extension educator Nancy Victorson, a member of the Leadership and Civic Engagement work team, will have information available on 4-H’s state (4-H Capitol Experience) and national (Citizen Washington Focus) government leadership programs as well as its International Exchange Programs.

Melanie Greenfield, Chippewa County 4-H program coordinator, was a key partner in organizing the event.

Julie Chapin, MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute director, said, “Melanie has had a major role in recruiting youth and others to attend and in the creation of this event originally. Last year’s program was a huge success and this year promises to be the same.”

For more information regarding the Constitution Day Celebration, please contact Melanie at 906-635-6368. Consider going if you’re in the area. The event starts at 7 p.m.

If you can’t make the event in person, you can catch Justice McCormack’s speech live tonight at https://livestream.com/lakestate/events/4352729.
There will be a question and answer period at the end of her speech where you can Tweet in questions to ‪#‎JusticeQuestion!

Read more here: http://www.sooeveningnews.com/article/20150829/NEWS/150829051/0/SEARCH

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