Schools asked to choose 8th graders for citizenship award

The Maine Secretary of State’s Office is asking Maine schools to nominate a deserving eighth grader for recognition under the Secretary of State’s Eighth Grade Citizenship Award Program, an annual effort designed to honor Maine students for their civic awareness, scholastic achievements and community service.

In 2011, 135 schools recognized an eighth grader for outstanding citizenship qualities.

This award seeks to inspire students to become active citizens.  Because civic responsibility developed at an early age usually continues throughout a lifetime, it’s important to encourage young people to become engaged in their school and community.

Please consider nominating a student in 2012. This program can be a valuable part of your school’s recognition of exceptional young citizens.

A letter containing an online application login will be mailed to schools in the coming weeks. Submissions are due May 23. Please allow two weeks to process your nomination.

Visit the Maine Secretary of State’s Eighth Grade Citizenship Award web page for more information, or contact Nicole Ladner at nicole.ladner@maine.gov or 207-626-8400.

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