In an effort to foster civic engagement in Wisconsin youth, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association is launching the Wisconsin Civics Games, which will take place during the second semester of the 2018-19 school year and will be open to all Wisconsin high schools. The statewide bowl will be preceded by regional bowls.
Newspapers have traditionally been the vehicle around which communities rally when a grassroots effort is needed, so it makes sense that they lead this charge to encourage civic education and engagement.
We’re asking our member newspapers to reach out to their local schools to help get the word out about the Wisconsin Civics Games. Newspaper publishers should have received an email with their assigned school(s). If you didn’t receive your newspaper’s schools or need more information, contact WNA Member Services Director Julia Hunter.
Teacher toolkits and student study guides for the Civics Games will be made available via the Wisconsin Police Forum and Wisconsin Eye. Sponsoring print and digital newspaper platforms will also be asked to highlight local applicable content that can be used for student preparation.
Each Civics Games team should be comprised of up to four students, and one team per high school may attend district competitions. The process for selecting a team to send to the district competition shall be determined by the high school.