Next Meeting, March 7, 2016 7:00PM

MATT SANZONE, TEACHER OF WE THE PEOPLE AT MARSHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, will speak about the program at Eliot Historical Society’s March 7th meeting. Started in 1987, the We the People Program has reached tens of thousands students throughout our nation. Each year, about 1,200 high school students from all fifty states participate in the highly prestigious academic competition on the U.S. Constitution. Now in its 29th year, the annual three-day competition is the culminating activity of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, the most extensive civic education program of its kind in the country. The program provides students with an understanding of the fundamental values and principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The competition involves entire classes making presentations and answering questions on Constitutional topics before a panel of judges requited from across the country. Constitutional scholars, lawyers, and government leaders, acting as congressional committee members will judge the students’ performances. (A press release from the Center for Civic Education.) Sanzone said, “Students spend several months researching historical events and Constitutional topics in preparation for the competition. Marshwood High School has represented Maine at eight of the past nine national competitions and has won two national awards during that time.” All are invited to this free meeting, held at the John F. Hill Grange, Eliot, Maine at 7:00. FMI: 207-439-2404.