by Tiffiny Woo – for Eufaula Trubune

Chants of “U.S.A.” boomed throughout the Eufaula City Auditorium last Friday afternoon.

But it wasn’t members of a political party or dedicated sports fans rattling the rafters of the historic building. Cheers of “freedom” and “liberty” erupted from the mouths and hearts of 200 Eufaula fifth-grade students.

EufaulaElementary Schoolkicked off the Super Citizen program byLiberty’s Legacy. EES fifth-grade students will serve as a pilot group for the program in this region.

For the next eight weeks, students will learn about patriotism and civic responsibility in what promises to be an active and engaged program for students.
The program is funded by the Alabama Power Foundation. Each class requires a program kit, which costs $250. The APF has already committed $5,000 to the program.

“It’s an open-ended investment we’re making,” said Alabama Power Southeast Division area manager Ralph Bellamy.

“We’re sponsoring the fifth-grade classes here at EES as a pilot, and if (Barbour County Superintendent Jimmie Fryer) is interested, we would also like to sponsor them as well.”

Alabama Power is contributing through more than money. Several employees have volunteered to help with activities associated with the program.

“In my opinion, your time is more valuable than money could ever be,” said Bellamy. “I’m willing to commit my time to it, and we have a long list of people who are also willing to do the same.”

EES principal Reeivice Girtman told students this could be a “moment I believe will change the course of our lives” as students learn about patriotism and character.

“I can’t tell you how truly excited we are,” he said. “It’s about kids taking pride in their community and their country.”

Liberty’s Legacy founder and president Patti Yancey said the approach is different because it’s organized like an event.

“Lady Liberty” arrived by tour bus to speak to kids and lead them in a catchy, upbeat theme song. She was portrayed by performance artist Racheal Rainwater.