Cabell Students Celebrate Patriotism, History, Constitution as Part of Citizenship Day

The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV), September 25, 2013 | Go to article overview

Cabell Students Celebrate Patriotism, History, Constitution as Part of Citizenship Day


More than 250 eighth-grade students from Cabell, Raleigh and Roane counties celebrated Citizenship Day at the West Virginia Culture Center on Sept. 16, with activities focusing on civics education, patriotism and history. Todays event shines a spotlight on a very important topic, said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. It is our responsibility to teach our children about democracy and what it means to be good citizens. We know that students who study civics are more apt to vote, to contact their representatives and to be more tolerant of those with differing opinions from their own. Citizenship Day also recognizes both Patriots Day, which occurs on Sept. 11 of each year in memory of the 2,977 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Constitution Day, a federal observance of the adoption of the United States Constitution. The law establishing Constitution Day was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd. It is mandated that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on Sept. 17, Constitution Day. In May 2005, the U.S. Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin delivered the keynote remarks during Citizenship Day events. The United States Constitution is truly one of the most revered and timeless documents ever produced, said Goodwin. It is our nations cornerstone. An appropriate way to honor its creation, along with the courageous statesmen who brought it into existence more than two centuries ago, is by educating our young people. …

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