Today, more then 900 third graders from 8 Mobile County Schools filled the Davidson High School Auditorium. Students attending were from Anna F. Booth Elementary, Brazier Elementary, Collins-Rhodes Elementary, Elizabeth Fonde Elementary, Meadowlake Elementary, Olive J. Dodge Elementary, Robbins Elementary, and Wilmer Elementary School. After finishing 10 weeks in the Super Citizen Program, they are gathered to celebrate their accomplishments and honor local heroes from the stage.

Ezekiel Nathan Jr. with the 3rd grader who recognized his heroic volunteer work at Robbins Elementary School

These students have learned their important roles in America’s future thanks to an immersive experience in civic, character, financial literacy and social studies. And in the closing piece of the program, Torch Teams, students are applying those crucial lessons in the real world.

Students chose heroes who embodied the traits of amazing citizens and read essays from stage before presenting them with Authentic Liberty Replicas . They learned that “when you honor a hero, you become a hero!”
“Each day you help to ensure our safety by volunteering your time to make sure that we cross the street safely,” said one 3rd grade student while introducing his hero Ezekiel Nathan Jr., a volunteer at Robbins Elementary School. “You always greet us with kind words and make sure that we are paying attention to the traffic. we greatly appreciate all that you do for the faculty, staff, and students at Robins Elementary School. You are a true community hero.”
Nathan recounted his experience on stage, “It felt so good,” he said. “I didn’t know that they thought so much about it. I’m just doing this to help the children. I want to make sure that the children get home safe everyday. When I first started doing this, some of the children were getting lost and misplaced. So I said somebody has to do something. I decided to go stand at the street and do it. I’ve been doing it for 7 years now.”
See all of the heroes honored in the photo gallery below!
Today’s event and the donation of Super Citizen teaching kits was made possible by the Mobile County Community Alliance, ALFA, AlaTrade Foods, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, Mobile City Council Woman Bess Rich, and ScreenTech. With their help, we are teaching, inspiring and empowering our Next Great Americans.
Did you see today’s event? Were you as emotional as we were? Will you help us continue this amazing mission?