Last year, Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau answered a plea for a volunteer to help 8th graders from his local middle school prepare for a competition on Constitutional Law. Doug went weekly to Rachel Carson Middle School (RCMS) to teach and prepare the students for the We the People competition. The team fared very well, advancing to the National Championship in April 2014. Click here to read more.
Both Landau and the students and staff at RCMS got so much out of their time together that Landau has signed up to help the students again, and has been going “back to school” for several weeks now.
Just before the start of the Fairfax County Public School system’s winter break, Landau received this note from RCMS teacher Cynthia Burgett:
It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Carson “We the People” team won the Northern Virginia Regional competition today and will be heading to the state competition at the end of January. Thank you so much for all of your help and the support! Over and over again today, the judges commented on how phenomenal and well prepared the students were, and they even performed better than some of the high school teams that competed this morning! I know this would not have been possible without your assistance in preparing the kids for the competition. You would have been so proud of Unit 3 for incorporating your comments about the importance of small states! In fact, that unit won for our best unit! They are really looking forward to working with you again.
Stay tuned as we follow the progress of the kids from Herndon Virginia. With the regional competition under their belts, the state’s are next! And hopefully, these young scholars will show that last year’s success was NOT “beginners’ luck!”
Good Luck RCMS!