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New! Offering a Civics 101 Reunion Class

Are you interested in learning more about the operations of our town government? Register for Civics 101. This free program is open to people who live or work in Davidson (within town limits and the extra-territorial jurisdiction) who are 18 and older. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss departmental functions and operations with town department heads, tour the fire and police departments, learn about town history from Davidson College’s archivist, Jan Blodgett, and take part in a personalized question-and-answer session with the mayor and board of commissioners.  

Our core values state that “open communication is essential to an engaged citizenry” and that the “social and intellectual well-being of Davidson citizens is fundamental to our community, so town government will provide…lifelong learning opportunities.” Our popular Civics 101 course reflects both of these values. 

Classes will be held at town hall. They begin Thursday, February 9, 2017 and continue for ten consecutive weeks. Classes also include a Saturday bus tour and recognition at the April 25, 2017 Davidson Board of Commissioners’ meeting. Participants can sign up for the day session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or the evening session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Applications will be accepted from now until December 31 and are available at www.townofdavidson.org/Civics101 and town hall.
 
Participants should not expect ten weeks of lectures -- classes will require participation in activities and discussion. Acceptance into the program is on a first-come, first-served basis and only 25 participants will be able to participate in each session. Those selected must commit to attending all ten classes.

“Civics 101 was such a wonderful way to get to know our town, how it functions, and the warm and embracing people who make it happen,” said 2016 Civics 101 graduate Maddie Sipp. “We came away learning so much and making great friends.”

A number of course graduates have gone on to become community leaders. Graduates include Commissioner Jim Fuller, Planning Board members John Kennedy and Brunson Russum, Design Review Board member Mike Kessler, Davidson Housing Coalition Executive Director Marcia Webster, and Ben and Jerry’s Manager Karen Toney.

New! Civics 101 Reunion Class
If you have already taken Civics 101 in the past 10 years, and would like an update on current projects and issues, please sign up for our Civics 101 Reunion Class. We have two identical sessions scheduled at Davidson Town Hall on Tuesday, March 7 from which to choose: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. To register for this class, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/Civics101. 

To see a full schedule of this year’s classes, visit www.townofdavidson.org/Civics101. 

For more information about the program, contact Cristina Shaul at 704-940-9602 or cshaul@townofdavidson.org. 


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