Register for Civics 101 to Learn More about Our Local Government
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, 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.
“This course gives us the opportunity to interact closely with our citizens,” said Town Manager Jamie Justice. “We want people to know who we are and what we do. We also want our citizens to give us input and take a more active role in their neighborhoods and our town.”
Classes will be held at town hall. They begin Thursday, February 7, 2019 and continue for ten weeks. Classes also include a Saturday bus tour and recognition at the April 23, 2019 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.
“As a new member to the Davidson community, I found Civics 101 to be a welcoming, engaging and community-building experience,” said 2018 graduate Beth McNamee. “It was a great way to learn about the town and civic opportunities. I highly recommend it!”
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.
“After living in Davidson for more than 20 years, I was amazed at how much I learned taking this class,” said 2018 graduate Judy Latham. “It provides great information for new residents, long-timers and everyone in-between. You get to tour police, fire, town hall, and go on an educational field trip around town. I recommend this class to every resident!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.