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September 26 is Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Celebration Day!

The Thrive 4 CFSD team of Amy B, Amy K, and Gina joins each of our CFSD schools today in commemoration of Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Celebration Day.



Justice O’Connor’s road to the Supreme Court was nothing short of groundbreaking. She was raised on a ranch near Duncan, Arizona. At age 16, Justice O’Connor enrolled in Stanford University, where she earned an economic degree, and then a law degree just 2 years later. Although Justice O’Connor finished third in her class, she had difficulty finding a paying job as an attorney because of her gender. Justice O'Connor’s intellect and grit eventually landed her a job at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office as well as a seat in the Arizona State Legislature, where she served as the first female majority leader. Justice O’Connor was later appointed a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and finally in 1981 President Regan nominated Justice O’Connor to the Supreme Court of the United States. She was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 99-0, and thereafter served on the Court until her retirement in 2005.


Justice O’Connor’s legacy is one of public service and civic engagement. She founded the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy “to advance American democracy through multigenerational civics education, civic engagement and civil discourse.” Thrive4CFSD share’s the Institute’s vision: To create a nation where important policy decisions affecting our future are made through a process of critical analysis of facts and informed participation of all citizens.” We also share the Institute’s core values: Non-partisan; Objective; Fact-based; Inclusive; Collaborative and Civil.


We look forward to hearing about the many ways that CFSD students are learning about Justice O’Connor’s incredible contribution to our country and celebrating our democracy through civics education, civic engagement, and civil discourse.


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