First Lady Rendell Launches Twitter Site

Tue Sep 1, 2009 1:50pm EDT

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HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First Lady Judge Marjorie
O. Rendell today joined the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger, and Oprah Winfrey on the social networking site Twitter and
asked teachers, students and anyone interested in civics education to follow
her at www.twitter.com/CivicsFirst.

"Social networking sites like Twitter bring people together from all over the
world to discuss problems, formulate solutions, and generate powerful action,"
Judge Rendell said. "We are reaching out to teachers to create an online
community around the topic of civics education, inspire students to connect
with their elected officials, and persuade superintendents to incorporate
model programs into their curriculum."

With the new school year under way and Constitution Day approaching on Sept.
17, Judge Rendell is sharing free, Internet-based resources for teaching
civics with educators across the state and showing administrators the many
programs available that are aligned with Pennsylvania's academic standards.

"Our entire system of government is dependent on a well-informed and engaged
citizenry, which is why we must promote civics education for every child,"
said Judge Rendell. "Some teachers and administrators may be unsure of how
best to incorporate civics education into their curricula. I would like to use
the Twitter site to start a dialogue about how educators can achieve this
goal."

Judge Rendell has been active in promoting citizenship learning through her
initiative, the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy, or
PennCORD, which is a unique union of educational, advocacy and governmental
organizations that are committed to improving civics education for students in
grades K-12. For more information about PennCORD, visit www.penncord.org.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
economic investment to support our communities and businesses.To find out more
about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his newsletter, visit
www.governor.state.pa.us.

    CONTACT:
    Kirstin Alvanitakis
    717-783-1116




SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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