Strengthening Democracy Award Winner-Nebraska Department of Education

Creating a modern and robust democracy takes individuals, groups, neighborhoods, and communities working together. It also doesn’t hurt when you have a state institution charged with overseeing the education of 353,776 students that works hard every day to improve and advance civics education in our public schools. Fortunately, we have just that with our very […]

Strengthening Democracy Award Winner-Judge Stephanie Stacy

Judge Stephanie F. Stacy was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court in 2015, making her the third newest justice on the court.  Judge Stacy holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Prior to sitting on the Supreme Court […]

Strengthening Democracy Award Winner-Bob Bednar

Bob Bednar is the school counselor at Pleasanton Public Schools in Pleasanton, NE, a post which he has held for 37 years. He also teaches the distance learning psychology and health career courses for Pleasanton. He began his teaching career in Omaha, after graduating with an education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received […]

Strengthening Democracy Award Winner-Paula Garcia-Sherman Community Center

Paula is the Recreation Supervisor for Omaha Parks, Recreation and Public Property Department responsible for Sherman Community Center and Benson Community Center. In her role as recreation supervisor Paula has worked tirelessly to grow programs through collaborative efforts in the communities that she serves. As supervisor of Sherman Center she is responsible for a 27 […]

The Importance of Voter Engagement

According to the 2015 Civic Health Index, Nebraska ranked 36th and 32nd in voter registration and voting, respectively. Since 2000, Nebraska voters have consistently registered and voted at rates below the national average of 71.2%. And these numbers are even worse in city elections where voter turnout barely hits 30%. What can you do to […]

Strengthening Democracy Award Winner-Melissa Peterson

Omaha South social studies teacher Melissa Peterson has believed in the importance of civic education throughout her 16-year teaching career, weaving lessons of government affairs into every class she teaches.  After receiving her Bachelors degree in Secondary Education and Psychology, Peterson went on to earn two Masters degrees, one in Political Science and the other […]