Preparing Young People To Be Effective Citizens

Belvidere, September 19, 2017— The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) has recognized Belvidere North High School as a 2017 Illinois Democracy School.

Democracy Schools are recognized for providing students with authentic experiences in the rights, responsibilities and tensions inherent in living in a constitutional democracy. Through these experiences, participating schools strive to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for informed, effective engagement in our democracy.

Since 2006, 67 Illinois high schools have successfully completed a school-wide civic assessment and have been subsequently recognized as Democracy Schools.

Belvidere North High School will receive a stipend from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation which convenes the ICMC, to invest in high quality civic learning initiatives, as well as a banner for public display.

The Democracy School recognition effort was lead by teachers across multiple disciplines and included Emily Chambers, Erin Foster, Nichola Geraci, Kyle Jenkins, Tara McCormick, and Mike Page.  “We are proud of this recognition because it is a reflection of the faculty’s commitment to provide authentic civic learning experiences for our students,” said Teresa Kruger, Belvidere North High School’s Democracy School Team leader.

Democracy Schools foster a school climate that nurtures and models civic dispositions and builds strong relationships within the surrounding community. These schools provide students with various opportunities to participate in the democratic process such as engaging in current and controversial issue discussions, participating in democratic simulations and providing service learning opportunities.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s mission is fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens.The McCormick Foundation, among the nation's largest foundations with more than $1.5 billion in assets, was established in 1955 upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Find out more at

About the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition
The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) is a broad non-partisan consortium which includes educators, administrators, students, universities, funders, elected officials, policymakers and representatives from the private and non-profit sectors. Formed in 2004 by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, the ICMC is part of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, a national initiative to restore a core purpose of education to prepare America’s youngest citizens to be informed and active participants in our democracy.