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The Commonwealth Civics Challenge – Showcasing Student-Led Civics Projects


Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. It is now a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

The League’s focus for Giving Tuesday is civics education which has been at the heart of its mission for more than 100 years.  The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) is partnering with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as many of our organizational partners in the MA Civics Learning Coalition to showcase student-led civics projects in grade 8 and high school. 

The Commonwealth Civics Challenge will take place in spring, 2023 and the League is asking you to support the reception for the students who will be participating. Please consider supporting these student-led civics projects which demonstrate the students’ understanding of civic engagement, citizenship and community service.

Help Us Reach Our Goal

Want to make a difference in your community?

Our GOAL is $5,000. Please give what you can, every gift matters! Whether its $5.00 or $10.00, YOUR donation will instill pride in students who CARE and want to make the WORLD a better place for ALL.

How Many People will it take to help us achieve our goal?

$ 5.00 =               1,000 Donations

$10.00 =               500 Donations

$20.00 =               250 Donations

$50.00 =               100 Donations

$75.00 =                 66 Donations

$100.00 =               50 Donations

Click here to donate now!


About the Civics Education Law

LWVMA was a key player in the Massachusetts Civics Learning Coalition which advocated for the law passed in 2018  – An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement. The law requires Massachusetts public schools to offer grade 8 students a full civics course as well as provides students, both in grade 8 and high school, with the opportunity to participate in a civics project. The civics project must be student-led and “designed to promote a student’s ability to: (i) analyze complex issues; (ii) consider differing points of view; (iii) reason, make logical arguments and support claims using valid evidence; (iv) engage in civil discourse with those who hold opposing positions; and (v) demonstrate an understanding of the connections between federal, state and local policies, including issues that may impact the student’s school or community.”

To showcase student-led civics projects that demonstrate an understanding of civic engagement, citizenship,  and community service, the law requires that the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education establish a Commonwealth Civics Challenge. The goals of the Commonwealth Civics Challenge include inspiring students and educators to develop thoughtful projects, celebrate the students’ work, and promote the importance of civic engagement and education to all MA residents in an effort to build a broader constituency for this type of work. The Commonwealth Civics Challenge also seeks to motivate and empower students to get further involved with issues that matter to them by engaging with decision makers and actively participating in their communities outside of the classroom.

Learn why former Boston NewsCenter 5 Anchor, Susan Wornick, supports this campaign

About Susan Wornick

For over two decades, Emmy-award winning Susan Wornick anchored Boston’s top-rated Noon news broadcast at WCVB Channel 5  – – while also serving as NewsCenter 5’s consumer reporter. During her tenure, Wornick won many accolades for her work.

Wornick stepped down from the anchor desk in 2014, and continues to spend a tremendous amount of time volunteering with many notable charities in the New England area. Rosie’s Place, Catholic Charities, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Be Like Brit Foundation and Rodman Rides for Kids are just a few of the organizations where she lends her support.

In 2014, the Foundation for MetroWest in Natick established “The Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund.” The scholarship fund honors Wornick’s legacy at her alma mater, Natick High, and her commitment to help aspiring young journalists. “This business is all about the people and helping where we can, I hope to continue being a mentor and finding ways to give back.”

Wornick is steadfast in continuing her lifelong passion of helping others and serving as a trusted advocate to those who need a voice to help tell their story. Susan was raised in Natick and resides in both Massachusetts and Florida.


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