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Ozark Students Celebrate Constitution Week

What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen? Ozark students are reflecting on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to celebrate Constitution Week, which is Sept. 17-23. 

The Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and the Constitution has served as the supreme law of the land ever since. To recognize this historic day, students across the District participated in various activities to learn about the Constitution and commemorate its official signing.

East Elementary kindergartners as well as South Elementary third graders made and signed class constitutions. East students in Carissa Sell’s class said “We the Kids of Kindergarten … will be free to love learning, love coming to school and love making lots of friends. We will make our families, our school, and our teacher proud.”

After going on a “Preamble Parade” where they found Constitution-related photos, South third-graders in Shelly Chesick’s class created a class constitution to form a “more perfect class,” listing things like using kind words, being respectful and responsible, not being a bully, having self-control and being a problem solver. 

Ozark Middle School sixth-grade students participated in an escape room challenge, learning Constitution facts along the way, such as the number of Articles the Constitution has (seven) and the number of words it has (4,400). 

At the high school, Sara Floyd’s American Government class celebrated the Constitution’s 234th birthday with none other than a birthday party and cake. 

Assistant Superintendent of Learning Dr. Craig Carson said Constitution Week is an important part of social studies and civics instruction, and a way to create future engaged United States citizens. 

“Teaching social studies was a priority to our Founding Fathers and is a priority for us today,” Carson said. “President George Washington said the following: ‘A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?’”