Texas County has been recognized with a 2014 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The award honors top county government programs that are innovative and enhance services for their residents.

NACo recognized the Constitution Project in the category of Civic Education and Public Information.

“I am thrilled to accept this award on behalf of Texas County,” said Associate Circuit Judge Doug Gaston, founder of the project.  “So many in Texas County have given so graciously of their time and talents to this project.  They have done so for the cause of freedom, and making sure our students have a greater understanding of and love for our Constitution. This award is a big thank you to everyone who’s been involved!”

“The National Association of Counties applauds county governments that are finding new and better ways to serve their constituents,” said NACo President Linda Langston, supervisor of Linn County, Iowa. “The Achievement Awards recognize counties’ outstanding efforts to be more effective and more responsive to the diverse needs of communities across the country.”

Nationally, awards are given in 21 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health and many more.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award program is an effort designed to recognize innovative county government programs. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

Click here to view the Constitution Project’s website:

http://www.courts.mo.gov/civiceducation/const_proj_home.html

Links to past articles about the project:

http://www.houstonherald.com/news/constitution-project-to-expand-across-missouri/article_191ce728-49f1-11e2-a007-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.houstonherald.com/news/constitution-project-set-to-launch-statewide/article_ed8d27ea-1569-11e3-b126-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.houstonherald.com/news/constitution-project-gives-students-look-at-justice-system/article_9fda022a-3400-11e2-90f7-001a4bcf887a.html

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