• September 22, 2021
 Socorro ISD’s Libertas Academy Awarded $15K Grant for Spring Civics Institute 2.0

Socorro ISD’s Libertas Academy Awarded $15K Grant for Spring Civics Institute 2.0

Socorro Independent School District’s Libertas Academy at Americas High, received at $15,000 grant for their Spring Civics Institute.

The grant will allow instructors to teach Libertas students about the fourth amendment, via the Spring Civics Institute 2.0

“We are excited and proud to have received this grant because it will give us the opportunity to teach students how become active in the local, state and federal government,” said Eduardo Hinojos, coordinator of the Libertas Academy. “We want to express our deepest thanks to the Hatton Sumners Foundation for making this possible.”

Students will learn about unreasonable searches and seizures, arbitrary arrests, search warrants, safety inspections, and reasonable expectation of privacy.

“This camp will be of great benefit to our students seeking careers in law, government, and public administration upon high school and post-secondary graduation,” Hinojos said.

This is the second-year that Libertas earns the prestigious grant. The program first earned the grant in 2016 and educated students on water rights, air pollution policy negotiation between the U.S. and Mexico, the food waste policy and eminent domain.

“Our students must never forget that the power to choose their government and control its activities for the common good begins with them and their fellow citizens,” he said. “An informed citizen is one that becomes involved in the community and seeks to better their own life as well as the life of others.”

The event will run from March 12-16 and is open to new and current Libertas students.

SISD officials added, “It is designed to teach students that self-rule begins in their own community by identifying, researching, gathering data, analyzing, educating and empowering fellow citizens over issues and/or policies that impact their daily lives.”

For more information on the project, residents can contact Eduardo Hinojos at ehinoj04@sisd.net

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