Spring 2021 Civics Day: Oklahoma

June 25, 2021

In late May, the Generation Citizen Oklahoma community came together for Civics Day to celebrate and honor students across the region engaging in an Actions Civics process around issues in their community they deeply care about. This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Earlier in the spring, we held a community conversation with GC supporters on the legacy of the event as we move forward, and this Civics Day felt especially poignant as we lauded the future of our democracy: our students.

This past year has been challenging in multiple ways, and Oklahoma was recently in the spotlight as legislation passed that would distinctly change how civics and history education is handled in the state. Despite these changes, our students gave us hope as we looked to the future and as we celebrated their projects and leadership for the past semester. Our students have engaged in courageous conversations while honing their understanding and skills in civic engagement, and we are confident in their abilities and readiness to support their communities going forward.

Civics Day was divided into two sessions, and you can watch both below:

Session 1

Session 2

GC Values Award Winners

Session 1:
Grassroots Change Award – Mr. Baker’s 5th Hour Class, Putnam City North High School, & Ms. Sheldon’s 4th Hour Class, Alcott Middle School
Systemic Impact Award – Mr. Baker’s 1st Hour Class, Putnam City North High School, & Ms. Franklin’s Virtual Class in Lawton
Collaboration & Diversity Award – Mr. Baker’s 7th Hour Class, Putnam City North High School
Action Award – Mr. Baker’s 2nd Hour Class, Putnam City North High School, & Mr. Cox’s 1st Hour Class, Guymon High School
Open-Mindedness Award – Mr. Baker’s 4th Hour Class, Putnam City North High School, Mr. Cox’s 7th Hour Class, Guymon High School, & Ms. Sheldon’s Class, Alcott Middle School

Session 2:
Grassroots Change Award – Ms. Whitman’s 7th Hour Class, John Marshall High School
Systemic Impact Award – Mr. Knox’s 2nd Hour Class, US Grant High School
Collaboration & Diversity Award – Mr. Nicholson’s 4th Hour Class, Dimensions Academy
Action Award – Mr. Mosburg’s 6th Hour Class, Booker T. Washington High School
Open-Mindedness Award – Ms. Whitman’s 5th Hour Class, John Marshall High School, & Mr. Knox’s 2nd Hour Class, US Grant High School

Our Community Advisors and elected officials were instrumental in supporting and reviewing all of our students’ projects and helping us evaluate, and we thank all who volunteered their time.

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