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Bar Crawl: Boosters of civic education honored for service by IBF

January 2, 2013

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During the We The People state finals in December, the Indiana Bar Foundation honored three individuals and one organization for their service to civic education and the competition.

The Allen County Bar Foundation and Rushville attorney Julie Newhouse received William G. Baker Awards for their work in boosting the financial support of the We The People program.

Members of the Allen County Bar increased their donations 62 percent to $6,500 for the We The People district competition in 2011 and 2012. The Allen County Bar Foundation’s board agreed to help with not only the district competition for the schools in the Fort Wayne area but also with textbooks, lunches and transportation.

Newhouse helped the Indiana Bar Foundation secure a $10,000 grant from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The grant will fund professional development for 25 additional teachers in the We The People curriculum.

Retired public school teachers Anita Griffin and Rebecca Reeder received Dr. John Patrick Awards. The two have acted as volunteer district coordinators in their respective communities of St. John in Lake County and Fort Wayne. They were recognized for growing their local programs despite tough financial times and limited resources.

The William G. Baker Award is presented annually during the We The People state finals competition to an attorney and member of the Indiana State Bar Association who has shown outstanding dedication to citizenship education. The Dr. John Patrick Award is presented annually during the same time to a parent, teacher or other non-attorney who makes an outstanding contribution to citizenship education.•

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