Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center has been recognized with the Civic Advocacy Network Award by the Kansas State Department of Education. The award is for the civic engagement opportunities they offer students.
Criteria for the award includes examples of how students are given instruction in government and democracy, incorporating discussion of issues, designing and implementing programs with service opportunities, offering extracurricular activities that promote community involvement, and encouraging student participation in school government and the democratic process.
The Civic Advocacy Network (CAN) was established by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) in order to recognize schools that actively involve students in civic engagement opportunities and to help collect exemplary civic engagement practices to share with schools across the state. The ultimate goal of CAN is to promote civic engagement as part of all preK-12 students’ experiences.
Schools named as Schools of Excellence are a part of CAN for three years. At the end of the three-year period, each school must reapply.
Schools that apply for the CAN award but aren’t named a School of Excellence have the opportunity to be named a School of Promising Practice. This award is given to schools that have a particularly innovative, effective or unique program that shows potential for impacting student engagement.