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Sandra Day O’Connor Campus Visit
With the recent news of the passing of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, Charleston Day School turns to its archives to fondly remember a special campus visit In the fall of 2009.
Justice O’Connor spent the morning at CDS. During her visit, she encouraged students to learn how the three branches of government work.
She started her visit at an all-school assembly. She then met with middle school students to introduce them to the “Our Courts” web-based interactive program. The digital game was part of a civics education project Justice O’Connor sponsored. Justice O’Connor was a strong advocate for civic education and founded iCivics in 2009.
Sandra Day O’Connor’s impact on students is significant, especially through initiatives like iCivics. The program offers engaging and educational games designed to teach students about the principles of democracy, the Constitution, and the functioning of the government. By incorporating interactive and entertaining elements, O’Connor aimed to make civics more accessible and enjoyable for young learners.
Sandra Day O’Connor’s Civic Influence
Her influence goes beyond just imparting knowledge about the legal system. O’Connor’s emphasis on civic education encourages middle school students to understand the importance of active citizenship, the rule of law, and the values that underpin a democratic society. She provided a platform for students to explore and experience the complexities of decision-making, fostering critical thinking, and civic responsibility.
O’Connor’s personal journey as the first female Supreme Court Justice also serves as an inspirational story for students. Her achievements challenge stereotypes and demonstrate that anyone, regardless of gender, can aspire to and succeed in influential roles.
Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy, therefore, extends beyond her groundbreaking role as a Supreme Court Justice. It encompasses her impact on the legal landscape and her ongoing influence on civic education. She inspired future generations to actively participate in and contribute to the democratic process. We were so fortunate to have her work with our students and know her visit created a lasting impact on students during the 2009-2010 academic school year.