Michigan Township Association
Today’s students are the local leaders of tomorrow. Educating students about the role and importance of local government is essential in inspiring future public servants. Sharing lessons about the value and services that townships offer—from fire and police protection to elections, from local libraries to area parks—can instill in students a greater understanding and appreciation of the local government that impacts their daily lives, and cultivate greater civic pride and engagement. Below are some tools for you to take into the classroom!
Title: Out and About Locally
Theme: Citizen Responsibility and Participation at the Local Level
Title: Who's Who in Local Government
Theme: How are local governments organized and what role do they play?
Title: Who’s Got the Power?
Theme: Who has the power…the legislative, executive, or judicial branch of local government?
Title: Service with a Smile
Theme: Real-world examples of how local government plays a role in the everyday lives of its citizens.
Title: Let's Reuse
Title: What do we do with our doo-doo?
Theme: Understanding the roles of those who serve in local township government
Title: Where can you find justice?
Theme: Organization and workings of the local court system
Title: Local Government’s "Piece of the Pie"
Theme: Applying the universal purposes of government to all levels (local, state, national) to illustrate that the local level of government can be the most effective because it is the most personal and clearly tied to the people for which it serves.
Title: “Take that, you Swine!” An application of current events to the role of local government
Theme: The application of a current event and the government’s role at each level (local, state, national) to illustrate one of the purposes of government—the promotion of the common good.
Title: Get Involved!
Theme: What roles do citizens play in local government
MCF Benchmark: Explain why people may agree on democratic values in the abstract but disagree when they are applied to specific situations.
Title: The Law in Your Community
Theme: What kinds of ordinances are made at the local level
MCF Benchmark: Evaluate how effectively the federal government is serving the purposes for which it was created.