More than 725 crown-wearing, flag-waving third and fifth graders from Weeden, Harlan, Forest Hills, and Hibbett Schools cheered, clapped and counted down to a grand entrance by Libby Liberty™ at Florence High School Auditorium. Fresh off her Next Great Americans Tour bus, the lady in green brought history to life and introduced students to the 10-week civics, character, financial literacy and social studies program they’ll begin after her bus rolls away.

The Super Citizen experience includes today’s kickoff event, immersive learning and community service projects and will culminate with a graduation celebration that sees students honoring local, everyday heroes from stage.

These crucial lessons are being taught thanks to funding from

[sponsor name(s)] who understand that these lessons must be taught despite school budget cuts. The day ended with a rousing sing-a-long of the tour’s anthem, “YOU in the U.S.A.”

Big thanks to the Lauderdale County Community Alliance, Alfa, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, AlaTrade Foods, and Screentech for making this event possible for Florence City!

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See photos of the event and class photos with Libby Liberty™ in the gallery below!