Patriotic Service is an important dimension of the NSCDA’s work. The National Society offers a number of programs in which individual societies may choose to participate. Here in Connecticut, we offer prizes for academic work at the graduate school, college, and high school honors levels. In 2016 we awarded a prize to the author of a Senior Honors Thesis concerning witchcraft in New England before the Salem trials.
In addition, we participate with other state societies in the Washington Workshop program. This program is held for one week each year in Washington DC for high school honors students who participate in a series of events designed to teach them about how the US government works, key issues and problems. The program includes day trips to important Washington DC sites, evening discussion groups, and meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill. Some former students tell us that this program inspired them to change career goals and become involved in government.
We are also working on some possible initiatives in the area of outreach to immigrants and refugees to assist them in establishing themselves in the U.S. as productive and active citizens contributing to our country. These initiatives are still under discussion and consideration.