On 19 September members of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter celebrated Constitution Day by presenting a program on the constitution to students at White Oaks, Bull Run and Greenbrier Elementary Schools. Most of the students were from the school’s fourth grade classes but some fifth and sixth grade students also attended.
The program began with a discussion of the constitution itself and how it created the three branches of the government and rules for the conduct of that government. The program then evolved to a discussion of some of the states that ratified the constitution.
A discussion of some of the founding fathers followed. The students seemed most interested and indeed animated at the mention of Alexander Hamilton’s name. The program ended with a discussion of the Bill of Rights and some of the more important amendments. The latter included a discussion of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery and the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote.
The response from the teachers and students was very positive. A recording of the presentation held at Bull Run Elementary School is available on the VASSAR YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/yMRW03Xha2o
Figure 1 Larry McKinley discusses Alexander Hamilton while Jeff Thomas holds his image
Figure 2 Dave Cook discussed the state of Delaware, the first state to ratify the constitution, while Larry McKinley and Forrest Crain hold the state's flag