Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage Partners with School
By Kathleen Obringer
Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage has formed a partnership with Viking Academy School in Atlantic City to educate students about the courts.
Under the Court and Community Sharing Responsibility Program, staff from the vicinage’s Community Outreach Partnership Committee has presented to students an overview of the Judiciary and information about traffic violations; drug offenses, assault; domestic violence; gangs and death by auto.
The program, which began in October, is scheduled to conclude Dec. 15.
The goal of the affiliation between the vicinage and Viking Academy is to form a bond between the Judiciary and the community and improve the public’s perception of the courts.
The perception that some members of the public have of courts often comes from secondhand sources. Television, radio, and newspapers have a major influence on the way people view courts.
The Court and Community Sharing Responsibility Program was designed to provide youth with a positive perspective of the justice system.
Students are learning about their rights and responsibilities under the law, enabling them to understand the legal consequences of their actions and opening doors to career opportunities.
The program was a pilot of the vicinage Community Outreach Partnership Committee’s plan to design customized curriculums for schools based on the schools’ requests. The committee hopes to continue to work with schools to develop additional customized curriculums.