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March 30, 2012
Visitor Education Center Sees Record Numbers in March

Visitor Education Center Coordinator Julie Manning leads a group of students on a tour of the Visitor Education Center.The Visitor Education Center at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, also home of the Supreme Court of Ohio, saw a record number of visitors in March.

Visitor Education Center Coordinator Julie Manning said around 2,780 students and residents visited the Ohio Supreme Court during March, the most since the center opened in December 2005. She said that’s about 1,200 more visitors this year than in March 2011. Manning said the record number was due in part to transportation grants awarded to 100 schools across the state.

The grants, worth up to $400, were awarded to Ohio schools that might not otherwise get to visit the Moyer Judicial Center due to budget constraints in their districts. The Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center Foundation donated $30,000 to the Visitor Education Center specifically to fund the transportation grants.

 “Normally we have about 1,200 visitors in the month of March. Last year we specifically had 1,625 visitors in March, so the transportation grants definitely helped increase that number due to the increase of schools able to come to the Visitor Education Center,” Manning said.

Martha Verde, a teacher at Andrew J. Rickoff Elementary School in Cleveland, said, “Most of my students never get the opportunity to leave Cleveland. There are no words grand enough to express how grateful I was that you were able to help us out with a transportation grant. We would not have been able to have this opportunity to make our government real without this grant. Please thank the funders and let them know that their efforts are so appreciated.”

“As an urban educator, I never know how an experience will affect my students. However, I do know that by finding opportunities and providing them with many experiences allow them to have a wide variety of background knowledge that doesn’t come out of a book,” Verde added.

The Visitor Education Center is a dynamic teaching tool offering students grades 4th and above an inside look at Ohio Courts. There are interactive exhibits that portray the workings and history of the judicial system with hands-on materials and engaging exhibits and videos.

The Visitor Education Center is located on the Ground Floor of the Moyer Judicial Center in downtown Columbus. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations for groups of eight or more are required and school tours typically last 90 minutes. Call 614.387.9223 or e-mail courttours@sc.ohio.gov to schedule a tour.