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Interested in Learning More about Davidson’s Town Government?
Register for Civics 101

Are you interested in learning more about the operations of our town government? Register for Civics 101. This free program, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, is open to Davidson residents and residents of Davidson’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) 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 4, 2016 and continue for ten consecutive weeks. Classes also include a Saturday bus tour, a tour of the recycling facility in Huntersville, and recognition at the April 12, 2016 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. Residents selected must commit to attending all ten classes.

“Civics 101 made me appreciate the Town of Davidson as a true gem, but I discovered that the greatest gems are the people I had the opportunity to meet,” said 2015 graduate Tracy Brandon.  

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.

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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