Reuben Quesada’s social science students learned about the US government and themselves at the 6th Annual Constitution Day Conference at Saddleback College on September 28. The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County began hosting this event to celebrate the September 17th Constitution Day and to educate students about the role of the Constitution in their lives.
After the keynote address by Neal Kelley of the Orange County Registrar of Voters, there was a mock Supreme Court hearing based on the case Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, concerning a requirement to show ID when voting. During the picnic lunch, students were encouraged to register to vote.
The students got to pick two workshops out of six to attend, including “Voting, Citizenship and the Issues Facing California” and “The Influence of Money on Political Campaigns.” Quesada said some of his students were amazed at how much money goes into campaigns.
Quesada’s students not only learned about their government, they got a taste of college. “Most were pretty amazed at the size of the campus,” Quesada said. But he also said he hopes they realize that they belong there. A student at last year’s conference told Quesada, “Now I have an idea of what it’s like to go to college.”
We want to thank Shannon Zech and the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County for giving us a scholarship that helped pay for the bus that transported our students to and from the field trip and made what they are learning become real.