Shorecrest to Host Student-Led Civic Saturday Event
by: Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
On Saturday, September 29, Shorecrest Preparatory School will host the State of Florida's inaugural Civic Saturday event. Civic Saturday is a national series of events meant to evoke community conversations around democracy, citizenship, and civic engagement. The event will run from 11:30am-12:45pm in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest.
Civic Saturdays are held in partnership with Citizen University, a Seattle-based non-profit that works to help Americans cultivate the values, systems knowledge, and skills of effective citizenship. The Shorecrest event will be led by students Brenna Dukes '21, Tia El Masry '20 and Lily Schneider ‘19 with support from faculty sponsor Diego Duran-Medina, Shorecrest Director of Service Learning. Duran-Medina underwent training through Citizen University to lead and facilitate a Civic Saturday event on the Shorecrest campus.
Civic Saturday events each focus on one central question around citizenship. For this event, the question is “what is the purpose of civics?” The event includes a poetry reading, musical performances, and brief talks from event organizers Dukes, El Masry, Schneider and Duran-Medina. Civic Saturday will close with Civic Circles, small group discussions of the central question and ideas presented.
According to Duran-Medina, "We need to reimagine civics education, and that begins with listening to students with help from our St. Pete community." Diego Duran-Medina was instrumental in bringing this event to the Tampa Bay Area.
Civic Saturday will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 11:30am-12:45pm in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest. The event is free and open to the community.