CCPS We the People Finals Fund

Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School won the New Mexico state We the People competition! We have now qualified to go to the We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C. in April.  However, we have absolutely zero funding to get us there.  We need $50,000 to get the entire class and chaperones to D.C., to have the hotel rooms for that many people, and to pay for meals for everyone as well. If we are unable to raise the necessary funds, we will not be able to go and these amazing students will lose out on a great learning opportunity.  These kids have put in a tremendous amount of work, and now they are willing to put in even more for this opportunity.  We will need to fundraise as quickly as possible because deposits and such will be due soon.  We are aiming for an approximate amount of $2000 per student and chaperone to cover all expenses.  There will be 25 people going and that is why we need $50,000.  Please help to get these outstanding students to the National We the People Finals. Thank you so, so much for your consideration.

The We the People program’s culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.  Each year the We the People national academic competition for high schools is held in Washington, D.C., in the spring culminating with a top-ten final round in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill. The student simulated hearing not only deepens student knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, it builds important 21st-century workplace skills, such as working cooperatively as a team, public speaking, managing conflict, and reaching consensus. We have been working dilligently since August in this program and we hope to be fully able to continue in this journey all the way to the National Finals.  

Your donation will go toward our travel expenses which include, airfare, hotel, ground transportation, meals, and hopefully some tours around Washington.
  • Jean Smith 
    • $25 
    • 41 mos
  • Shawn Burich 
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
  • Marilu Lake 
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Shyrl Ponder 
    • $300 
    • 42 mos
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Bill Torres 
Albuquerque, NM
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