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Looking for a fun and educational project for your kids?

Help them complete Vermont’s Good Citizen Challenge!

Participants earn points for completing civics-themed activities. Designed for kids ages 9 to 14, the Challenge is open to all Vermont K-12 students.

Those who earn at least 251 points — the number of towns in Vermont — will win a Good Citizen medal and will be invited to meet state officials at the Statehouse in Montpelier. The first 100 students to complete the Challenge will receive a Good Citizen T-shirt.

The deadline to complete the 2018 Challenge is October 9.

Why Civics?

GET THE SCORECARD

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(5) 8.5″ x 11″ pages in .pdf format (600k)
The Rules

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Add 5 bonus points for each activity you or a parent post on social media using this hashtag.

EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES

“However we choose to fulfill our civic duty, each of us has a role to play. This responsibility to and respect for each other is part of what makes Vermont so special. So that’s why I’m very pleased to help celebrate the launch of this program, which I hope will encourage young Vermonters to learn more about our state, their communities, government and our civic responsibilities.”

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
“It’s just very exciting for me to see [the Good Citizen Challenge] and the idea that you can get points by having a conversation with someone who you disagree with, and see what you learn from it. Because really, that’s what happens in this building all the time.”
Lt. Governor David Zuckerman
“I’m often asked to visit high schools and colleges to talk about civic engagement, and my message is always: Even if you can’t vote yet, there are so many important ways you can get involved.”
Secretary of State Jim Condos

“There are real people behind stereotypes we paint of the other side. The Good Citizen Challenge helps more young people understand that when you engage in the discourse, those stereotypes start to fade. And you start to truly understand what it means to be a good citizen.”

Ethan Sonneborn, 14, candidate for governor
“Our youth have so much to offer. We simply, in light of the opportunities and the challenges we face today, cannot afford to squander that potential.”
Liz Gamache, Vermont Community Foundation; former mayor of St. Albans
Cathy Resmer

“How can Americans participate in their democracy — or defend it — if they don’t understand the principles on which it rests? As former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said, ‘Civic knowledge can’t be handed down the gene pool. It has to be learned.'”

Cathy Resmer, Seven Days / Kids VT

Photo: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

IN THE NEWS

FAQ

We prefer that you upload high-quality, digital images to Dropbox, Google Drive or another online album and send us a link. You can also mail photos (prints, thumb drive, etc.) with your scorecard to:

Good Citizen Challenge
Kids VT
255 S. Champlain St., Suite 5
Burlington, VT 05401

You can upload a video to YouTube for free and send us a link. If you’d rather not share your video with the world, you can make it private and send the link just to us, at goodcitizen@kidsvt.com. When you email, please remember to tell us which numbered activity the video pertains to.

Sorry, we can’t return items you send to us. If you’d like to keep your original work, feel free to send us a scan, photo or photocopy of your work. As long as it’s legible, it works for us!

Mail your completed scorecard, photos, copies of recordings and other supporting materials to:

Good Citizen Challenge
Kids VT
255 S. Champlain St. Suite 5
Burlington, VT 05401

or…

Upload a scan of your scorecard, your photos and recordings to Dropbox, Google Drive or another online cloud service and send the link to goodcitizen@kidsvt.com.

If you’re having a problem uploading your photos online, contact us and we can help! Call 802-864-5684, or send an email to goodcitizen@kidsvt.com.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

In 2018, we the people of the United States are deeply divided — by race, gender, political affiliation and socio-economic status. What better time to focus on the democratic values we all share?

The Good Citizen Challenge is organized by Burlington-based Seven Days — Vermont’s locally owned, independent newsweekly — and its free monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT, with support from the Vermont Community Foundation.

Vermont Community Foundation
Kids VT
Seven Days

OUR PARTNERS

The following organizations helped create and/or promote the Good Citizen Challenge. Find activities related to their efforts on the 2018 Challenge Scorecard.

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