Today, 2nd graders from Saraland Elementary filled the gymnasium. 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.
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!”
Saraland Schools Superintendent Aaron Milner was honored today and spoke of the importance of the Super Citizen Program and the Alabama Bicentennial celebration. “It helps any student in Alabama to know about the pride we have in our state,” he says. “Celebrating 200 years and the challenges we’ve overcome in the state to become more inclusive: loving one another, caring about each other. I watched our students do this throughout the program.”
He reiterated the program’s role in rounding out the equation for career and citizen-ready youth. “We had community members from Saraland and surrounding communities hearing students talking. They were providing a testimonial about how much they care about their community, their country, their faith, their family. That’s the things we hear from our stakeholders that they want to see in our public schools, and they’re seeing that every day in Saraland schools.”
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 Mobile County Community Alliance. With their help, we are teaching, inspiring and empowering our Next Great Americans.
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