The WALS Foundation, a sister organization, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Formed in 2004 for the purpose of educational outreach, it is also located in The First State Capitol of the state of West Virginia. The mission of The WALS Foundation is to offer educational programming on issues of public concern not otherwise covered in-depth.
In 2004, we began the mock trial program in Ohio County schools and now we include outreach in 11 additional West Virginia counties. We are celebrating over 11,500 participating students.
It was customary to go into 4th and 8th grade classrooms, but in 2009 we made the program available for the 5th grade students when it was brought to our attention that the West Virginia Department of Education stated in their 21st Century Social Studies Standards and Objectives that 5th grade students should "participate in a mock trial."
In the 2012/2013 school year, all 5th grade students in the RESA 6 area of Brooke, Hancock, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties participated in a pilot program. Now all 20,000+ West Virginia 5th grade students are invited to enjoy the mock trial program that will help teachers complete their Next Generation Standard and Objective while educating the students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Click on the Mock Trial Program link to read more about the program.
The WALS Foundation also maintains the Reuther-Wheeling Library. For more information on the library, click here.
For more information, please call Barbara Knutsen at 304.232.2576 or via email.
For more information of becoming a Contributing Member of WALS, click here.