Today more than 200 second graders from Early County Elementary cheered and counted down to the grand entrance of Libby Liberty™. Wearing green paper crowns and waving tiny American flags, they showed their enthusiasm for the Super Citizen Program they’ll begin after today’s theatrical performance.

“This is probably one of the best programs I’ve ever been in,” says Georgia State Representative Gerald Greene. “It’s certainly something we need in this country. As a former teacher I understand the importance in this. And we are so thankful that Georgia Pacific is willing to reach out and help us bring this type of program here.”

Liberty Learning Foundation (with generous sponsorship by Georgia Pacific) is kicking off the program in a big way. Not only are students watching as the vivacious Statue of Liberty character brings history to life, they are also being introduced to the man who will give them a “hand” with lessons back in their classrooms. As Libby winds down, she hands the screen over to Mr. Palmer, a brash and brilliant hand-character who leads students in DVD-based lessons in civics, character, financial literacy and our Great American Story.

Libby Liberty’s theatrical presentation included facts about the Statue of Liberty, immigration, citizenship and the American Dream.

Peggy Jaye, Public Affairs Manager at Georgia Pacific says, “I’m proud that my company is interested in building up patriotism and civic responsibility and instilling that pride in our young Americans here in Early county. A program like this is an investment, not only in our country, and our community, but also in our company.”

After class photos with Libby, students and teachers return to classrooms energized to learn crucial, all-American lessons. They’ll also begin the process of nominating and honoring “Helping Hands Heroes” who they will honor at their graduation celebration when the program is complete for this year.

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