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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 2:22 pm

Six Mesa schools were honored this month for civic engagement by the Arizona Department of Education.

Of the 20 schools statewide recognized by the Excellence in Civic Engagement Program for, "demonstrating a significant understanding and implementation of the six proven practices in civic learning," six are in the Mesa Unified School District. Five Mesa high schools - Dobson, Mesa, Red Mountain, Skyline and Westwood - were named "schools of distinction" and Mountain View High School was named "school of merit."

The Arizona Department of Education will honor winning schools on Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

John Balentine, co-chairman of the Excellence in Civic Engagement Program, said, "We are excited that Mesa Public Schools is participating in ADE's Excellence in Civic Engagement Program and look forward to recognizing the efforts of its six high schools at the first inauguration ceremony of Arizona Civic Engagement Schools."

"Mesa has always had a strong foundation in civic learning," said Michael Cowan, superintendent. "We are pleased the state has instituted this program and recognizes our excellence."

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