Today, 2nd graders from Gadsden City Schools filled the Gadsden City High School Auditorium. After finishing 10 weeks in the Super Citizen Program, they are gathered to celebrate their accomplishments and honor local heroes from the stage.

Thanks to Mr. Palmer and his very hands-on teaching, these students have begun learning about their important roles in America’s future. The “Hands on Liberty” DVD series and accompanying activities and lesson plans teach crucial lessons in civics, character, financial literacy and social studies to a tech-centric generation. And in the closing piece of the program, Helping Hands, students are applying those crucial lessons in the real world.

Alabama House of Representatives, District 28, Gil Isbell: “It’s really been a phenomenal experience especially to me because being around these young children, it gets you excited… At the beginning I didn’t know what to expect, but it is a great education tool- it shows pride and honor and it really helps the children understand what the United States is about. It is a very very good program to help them nurture these children and to help them learn along the way- about the United States, about the Statue of Liberty, and what it is to live in the United States.”


Students chose heroes who embodied the traits of amazing citizens and read essays from stage before presenting them with Liberty Pins. They learned that “when you honor a hero, you become a hero!


See heroes honored and a glimpse of the exciting event in the gallery below!


Today’s event and the donation of Super Citizen teaching kits was made possible by the Etowah County Community Alliance. With their help, we are teaching, inspiring and empowering our Next Great Americans.




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Were you at the event? See the photo gallery below to find yourself, to revisit the magic or watch it unfold for the first time >