DAR group donates pocket Constitutions
To help celebrate the 226th anniversary of the signing of the United States’ Constitution, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), General Daniel Newnan Chapter donated over 1,200 pocket copies of the nation’s founding charter to students in the Coweta County School System.
Classes all across Coweta County marked Constitution Day (September 17) and Week with special studies of America’s founding documents and history. The Coweta chapter of DAR wanted to help students and teachers in elementary grades with donations of materials and copies of the Constitution that students can call their own.
“We’re just trying to get as many students as we can, we feel it is important,” said Elizabeth Cole, a local DAR member.
The chapter received a donation of the pocket Constitutions from the offices of Congressman Lynn Westmoreland and Senator Saxby Chambliss, and joined those with a chapter purchase of 1,000 more.
Members of the DAR distributed those to 4th or 5th grade classes at 13 Coweta County School through personal visits during the week of September 9-13.
“We wanted to get this to teachers and their students before this week of celebration,” said Cole. Students at Arbor Springs, Arnco-Sargent. Atkinson, Elm Street, Canongate, Jefferson Parkway, Northside, Newnan Crossing, Poplar Road, Thomas Crossroads, Welch, White Oak and Willis Road Elementary Schools received copies, along with materials for teachers as well.
“Mrs. Cole brought our students some wonderful pocket Constitutions of their own, flag stickers, and activity suggestions,” said Willis Road 4th grade teacher Noel Smith, whose classroom entrance is adorned with several American flags. “I try to instill in my students the pride and respect for our country that is befitting the greatest country in the world. My kids can tell from the moment they approach my door that I am all about being patriotic.”
Smith says he tells his students – and told DAR members – “how proud I am to teach kids about our country's beginning. And how, as a fourth grade teacher, I am allowed to teach my students about the Constitution.”
“I tell my kids every year that I believe the Constitution to be the single most important document in human history,” said Smith. “To have a copy of that document to hand to each child is powerful. To talk about something 200-plus years old can be very abstract for a nine year old. To hold it in your hands and see what it says? That's what it's all about.” Students will “appreciate the fact that someone whom they've never met thought enough of them and enough of the Constitution to spread it across the county,” he said.
Smith said his students “will be able to use the pocket version that they were given to aid them in their American Revolution projects that we do toward the end of the second nine weeks. I really like using Constitution Day as a preview of the 4th grade curriculum as it relates to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We also discuss the difficulty of trying to please everyone. How hard must it have been to hammer out this document? And it's darned-near perfect!”
September 17 was Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The occasion celebrated the formation and the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution, the 39 Founding Fathers who signed the document, and American citizenship.