Courtesy of Joshua Ninke, Community Web Producer, WTVM 9

EUFAULA, AL – Eufaula Elementary School fifth graders will pack Eufaula City Auditorium on Dec. 13 to celebrate completing the 10-week Super Citizen Program that teaches students the importance of their roles in America’s future.

In Thursday’s 60-minute Celebration event, students, faculty, and community leaders will gather to sing patriotic songs, take The Super Citizen Pledge and to receive graduation certificates.

And in perhaps the most inspirational portion of the Celebration, students who participated on “Torch Teams” will present Liberty Replicas (complete with a heart made from authentic materials from the Statue of Liberty’s centennial restoration) to heroes they nominated from the community. Classes teamed up to “shine a light on real American heroes.”

“The idea,” says Liberty Learning Foundation founder Patti Yancey, “is real-world application of all the lessons they learn in the Super Citizen Program. By studying the character of these heroes, they improve their own character.”

“And a lot of times our Torch Teams nominate people who have never seen themselves as “heroes,” she says. “So the experience that happens when students bring them on stage is really exciting and humbling … for both the students and the heroes they honor.”

And though this celebration will congratulate these Super Citizens for a job well done, it’s also designed as a reminder that the opportunities and responsibilities we all have as American citizens never end. read the story online here >