Today, October 28th, 360 second and fifth graders of Madison Cross Roads Elementary School kicked off the Super Citizen Program. They filled the floor of their gymnasium (all dressed in PJ’s) waiting for Libby Liberty™ to take the stage. Even more exciting than pajama day, the lady in green had jumped off her pedestal in New York City to celebrate her 129th birthday here today!

She shared her history, what she stands for and how she is a monumental reminder of the hope, opportunity and freedom we have in this country.

The Super Citizen Program, presented by Liberty Learning Foundation is a 10-week program that helps educators teach crucial lessons in civics, financial literacy, social studies, career development and above all, character.

At the end of the program, students apply these lessons in the real world by nominating and honoring a local hero of their choosing. They learn that “when you honor a hero, you become a hero.”

The students were super special citizens today as they were the only students who got to celebrate The Statue of Liberty’s birthday.  They shouted “Happy Birthday” to Libby and left singing the Next Great Americans Tour theme song “You in the USA.”

The students shouted a huge “thank you” to their generous sponsors Lockheed Martin, The Surgery Center of Huntsville, Junior League of Huntsville and Redstone Federal Credit Union. After the bus pulled away, Madison Cross Roads Elementary students were excited to make a difference in their community – and to begin the journey to becoming our Next Great Americans.