Justice O'Connor Welcomes Civic Educators Back to School

September 08, 2011

Dear civic educator:

When I was a young student in El Paso, Texas, civics and American history were a big part of my education. I didn’t know it at the time, but those classes were preparing me for a career of public service in all three branches of government.

Sitting in your classrooms right now might very well be a future Supreme Court Justice, Senator, or mayor -- or perhaps a future PTA president, Little League coach, or other civic leader. One thing is certain: all of them are citizens and future voters. And that puts the future of our nation in your hands.

Today, courses in civics and government are less common than during my childhood. Thus your role as a civic educator is even more important. Whether you have a few short weeks or a full year to teach these important subjects, it is up to you to ensure that today’s children are ready to become tomorrow’s voters, jurors, and citizens.

The iCivics website is available to help you fulfill that duty. For example, you can find engaging and useful materials to use next Friday for Constitution Day at this link:


As a new school year begins, I want you to know how much I appreciate and admire all that you do as teachers. May it be a good year for you and your students.

Sincerely yours,

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor