April 28, 2023
Taylor, MI 48180
Friday, April 28, 2023
By invite for third graders in the Taylor Schools
The 23rd District Court will host its second annual Law Day on April 28.
Students from Taylor School District will be invited to the 23rd District Court to learn about the role of the law in our country and its importance in society. The topic for this year’s Law Day is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility and Collaboration.”
The Taylor Police Department, Michigan State Police and several other state and federal agencies are participating in the event.
“The Law Day topic this year is a relevant and important lesson for students,” said Judge Victoria Shackelford. “Learning at a young age the importance of civility and working together to effectuate change will encourage a lifetime of good citizenship from Taylor students. I can’t wait to see all of the change makers we can help create by directing our kids to be an active and positive force in their community.”
During the event, displays and booths will be set up from various agencies such as the Taylor Police Department, Taylor Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Drug Enforcement Agency, Detroit Metro SWAT Airport Police, Neighborhood Defenders Office, Wayne County Prosecutors Office, Beaumont Health and more.
“We want the kids to have fun and have positive interactions with various law enforcement agencies,” Judge Shackelford said. “The theme of civics, civility and collaboration will run throughout the student’s day at the courthouse as well as being addressed in the classrooms prior to the event to prepare the students and encourage thoughtful questions on how to be a change maker.”
Taylor School District Superintendent Griff Mills also sees the value in having young students attend the event, saying it helps them create relationships with local officials that may have not been possible without Law Day.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to get out of the classroom and meet some of our local law enforcement officials,” he says. “By building relationships with these officials and learning about their careers at a young age, students will not only feel more connected to them, but it could possibly plant a seed for a path they could take their own life.”
The event will be held at the courthouse and be open to all third graders. Judge Shackelford hopes to continue Law Day into the future and believes the judicial system should play a role in encouraging young people to be involved in their communities.