KATHLEEN -- On a Tuesday morning, a middle school principal explains to his students that 226 years ago, a group of men sat in a tiny room and adopted a document that molded this country and still affects everyone.
Clutching a tiny American flag, 12-year-old Macie Kelley knows why Constitution Day is important. Its essential to remember who made the laws, said Macie, a seventh-grader at Mossy Creek Middle School. If you want to be a leader, you can always look back and remember the things that it says.
Almost every student wore red, white or blue to the middle school Tuesday in commemoration of the U.S. Constitution. As schools and organizations across the nation celebrated Constitution Day, the Mossy Creek middle-schoolers waved their flags in the air and listened to comments from 8th District U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.
The Constitution ... protects you as a United States citizen, he told students.
Students cheered, jumped up to wave their flags and sang along with patriotic songs. As they waited in line to enter the gymnasium, a group of boys wearing red T-shirts discussed the Constitution with one another. Its important for students to understand and remember a document that gives them a voice in their national government, even if youre very young, Scott said.
The American citizen has the ability to influence what goes on in Washington, he said.
As the Constitution paved the way for the structure of the U.S. government, Scott was on hand to discuss the responsibilities and the daily routine of a congressman. He also mentioned challenges congressmen face, which most recently include the Internet. Online rumors and inaccurate information have become a hurdle for lawmakers, he said.
School officials wanted students to not only study the document but hear how it affects Americans from a national lawmakers point of view, Principal Andy Gentry said.
Kids need to start having an understanding of the Constitution, who created it, why they created it and how it affects their lives, he said.
To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.