Return to Headlines

Prairie Ridge Elementary named CAN award winner for 2020

PRE 2020 CAN Award

From left: Marcia Fiorentino, Civic Engagement Coordinator; Kristel Fulcher, Prairie Ridge Elementary Principal; Melanie Haas, Kansas State Board of Education, representing District 2 and Denise Reinoehl, Prairie Ridge Elementary School Improvment Specialist.

Congrats to Prairie Ridge Elementary for being named a “School of Excellence” by The Civic Advocacy Network (CAN) for 2020! The CAN award was established by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) in order to recognize schools that actively involve students in civic engagement opportunities and to help collect exemplary civic engagement practices to share with schools across the state. The ultimate goal of CAN is to promote civic engagement as part of all preK-12 students’ experiences.

Award applicants must show student engagement around the “Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning:”

  1. Instruction in government, history, law and democracy.
  2. Incorporation of discussion of current local, national and international issues, and events in the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.
  3. Design and implement programs that provide students with opportunities to apply what they learn through performing community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom instruction.
  4. Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities.
  5. Encourage student participation in school governance.
  6. Encourage student participation in simulations of democratic processes and procedures.


Learn more about the KSDE Civic Advocacy Network