The Martin County School District strives to engage students not only in the classroom but in the community, through our various partnerships.
Constitution Academic Competition
Working with the Center for Constitutional Values (CCV), a local non-profit, we sponsor events by which students compete for scholarships as they argue constitutional issues in front of a panel of actual court judges.
Working with the Martin County Bar Association (MCBA), we host guest speakers for our K12 students around the week of September 17 each year to honor "Constitution Day".
Court House Visits
Working with the 19th Judicial Circuit Court, students travel to the court house to observe first-hand judicial proceedings.
JMC Professional Development
Working with the Jack Miller Center (Bala Cynwyd, Penn.), an organization that partners with educational institutions to facilitate educating students in American political thought and history to engender civic engagement. Have developed workshops for Civics, US Government, and US History teachers.
"Pledge to Vote", Voting Poster Contests, and Mock Voting
Working with the Supervisor of Elections, we sponsor annual events to pre-register 17 year old students, so they can exercise their constitutional right to vote at age 18. Poster contests for middle and high school students are also conducted that result in monetary prizes for first, second, and third place winners. Additionally, mock voting is conducted for middle school students so they can experience the process of voting for National and State candidates.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Working with Post 10066 (Jensen Beach), they provide cash prizes for students based upon art competitions (K to 4) and essay contests (5 to 12). They also sponsor a cash award for the VFW Citizenship Teacher (K-12) award. Additionally, they provide guest speaker opportunities.
Youth in Government
Working with the YMCA, middle and high school students participate in the YIG program at school sites. Their efforts culminate in annual state assemblies that involve mock executive, legislative, and judicial proceedings. Their mantra is "Debate ideas, not People."