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NACo's 'Counties Work' Game Receives National Recognition

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager

NACo has received a 2012 Gold Circle Award for Innovative Communications from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for its online game, Counties Work, which educates students about the role and responsibilities of county government.

The game was created last year by NACo and iCivics — a Web-based education project by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Since its launch last July, the game has been played by more than 250,000 students, grades 6 through 12. In addition, more than 2,500 teachers have downloaded lesson plans created specifically for classrooms.

While playing the game, a student assumes the role of a county official responsible for providing services, dealing with citizen requests, setting and raising revenues, and working within a budget. Along the way, students learn about the various services provided by county departments — such as road maintenance, law enforcement, courtroom and jail services, parks and recreation and library services — while having to make tough spending and tax levy decisions, and face re-election.

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