Join us in celebrating community building and civic engagement in our schools with a showcase of student work.

...and have a little family fun while you do :)

Community building and civic action are an integral part of our district’s mission of ensuring graduates possess the necessary skills to be successful in a democratic society. This year, we will highlight the work your students have done throughout the school year at our 2019 Civic Showcase. All attending families will have free and full access to The Strong National Museum of Play from 5:30PM through 8:30PM on the evening of Thursday, June 13 - please be sure to REGISTER! The 2019 Civic Showcase is the first of what will be an annual tradition to showcase our students. This is a part of the ROCivics initiative that aims to scaffold civic action and community learning throughout our students’ K-12 careers.

Project Soapbox Speech Competition

We will host the Project Soapbox middle school student speech competition at 6:30 in the museum auditorium.

What is Project Soapbox?

Project Soapbox is a public speaking competition facilitated by Mikva Challenge that calls young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. These powerful speeches have lasting, transformative impacts on classrooms, schools, and communities. The soapbox speech originates from the days when speakers would elevate themselves to an audience by standing on a wooden crate, or soapbox, to make an impromptu speech about a political topic or community issue. This speech gives the opportunity to persuade the audience to understand, care, act, vote, or speak out on an issue that affects the community.

What comprises a Project Soapbox speech?

  • Soapbox speeches are two-minutes long.
  • A soapbox speech is about an issue that the student identifies, not an assigned topic.
  • It includes relevant research and evidence on the issue.
  • It addresses a specific audience.
  • It includes a call to action.

Our 2019 Project Soapbox Finalists

Congratulations to all of our 2019 Project Soapbox Middle School competition finalists! Special recognition to our top three speakers:

    • First Place: Nevaeh Gordon
    • Second Place: James Preston
    • Third Place: Maeve Delehanty

Even if you missed the event, you can enjoy their speeches here!

Daphne Anderson.mp4

Daphne Anderson

Student Use of Technology

Cheyanne Baker.mp4

Cheyanne Baker

Drug Abuse

Maeve Delehanty.mp4

Maeve Delehanty

Segregation in Monroe County

Nevaeh Gordon.mp4

Nevaeh Gordon

Support for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Aiyana Jones.mp4

Aiyana Jones

Sexual Harassment

James Preston.mp4

James Preston

Ocean Pollution

Karisma Wessells.mp4

Karisma Wessells

Sexual Assault