CityStuff brings government, business to kids

CARLSBAD — This spring, volunteers are needed to bring government and business to life for Carlsbad third-graders.
With the help of interested area residents, approximately 1,400 third-graders will be learning about local government and business from 60 volunteers specially trained to share hands-on activities as part of the CityStuff curriculum. The CityStuff curriculum represents a partnership between the city of Carlsbad and Junior Achievement.
Volunteers visit a specific classroom one hour a week for six weeks to present classroom-tested activities. The first four lessons highlight community businesses. In the fifth lesson, students learn how Carlsbad became a city.
CityStuff culminates in a role-playing exercise in which each classroom visits city council chambers to conduct a mock city council meeting.
“CityStuff volunteers always tell us they get more out of this program than they give,” community volunteer coordinator Sue Irey said. “Even volunteers who have never been in a classroom before discover that the materials really engage the students.”
CityStuff received a 2006 League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in the “Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government” category. The award recognizes collaborative efforts between cities and other agencies to inform and engage youth about city issues and their communities.
For more information, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/chall/citystuff. To volunteer, contact Kathy at citystuff1@gmail.com or (760) 436-0140 by March 6.

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