Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fivay High School Project Selected Finalist for Governor’s Award

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 22, 2018) – Fivay High School’s project “Register to Be Heard” has been selected as a finalist for the 39th Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Economics to be awarded June 1 in Orlando.  The statewide competition sponsored by the Florida Council on Economic Education recognizes Florida’s most outstanding teachers for their creativity in presenting lessons in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship.

Fivay Social Science teacher Eric Johnson mobilized students to coordinate with the Pasco supervisor of elections to schedule a schoolwide voter registration and preregistration drive. Students coordinated with Pasco Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, and state Rep. Amber Mariano to schedule a two-day community forum that included public service announcements, informational material, and posters distributed throughout the school. Fivay students also coordinated with other Pasco high schools to host voter registration and pre-registration drives on their campuses.

In addition, Fivay students coordinated with Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., to assist student survivors and their “Pick Up Your Pen” voter registration drive.

“Students helped each other learn to appreciate the important role political activism continues to play on American culture,” stated Eric Johnson.  “They learned that diversity and ingenuity invested with a strong work ethic and education are the tools that will help develop and pass the important policies and legislation necessary to safeguard schools and students.”