Today, 2nd graders from Hartselle City Schools filled the Hartselle 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.

Arron Little, Ursula and Tiffany Little

Tiffany Little’s daughter, Heidi, is in the 4th grade. Today her class honored Ursula, a canine companion who makes life easier for people around her. But two years ago, in 2nd grade, her class honored her father who was killed while fighting in Iraq. “We already knew what it takes to be a hero, a Super Citizen,” says Little. “And we have a lot of opportunities to be recognized. But it’s not always geared to little minds. Until this program, she didn’t understand exactly what it meant to be a hero, what those qualities are.”

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 Morgan County Community Alliance and passionate community sponsors. With their help, we are teaching, inspiring and empowering our Next Great Americans.

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