Fifth graders at Collins Intermediate School and second graders in all Jackson County Schools had a special treat this week at their Super Citizen Kickoffs. The fifth and sixth graders at North Sand Mountain are also participating in the program this year. 

The students and teachers are excited to be a part of this unique learning experience.  The students wore Statue of Liberty crowns and waved small American flags.

Jackson County students had their kickoff in the morning with the Collins students getting started in the afternoon.  Lots of enthusiasm filled the rooms at both locations.  The students were greeted by “Libby” Liberty who welcomed the students. She was soon joined by students from the audience who helped lead the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 “Libby” Liberty is portrayed by a real person, but she looks like a small version of the Statue of Liberty.  During her presentation, she told the students facts about the statue which many people do not know.  She called some students from the audience to help demonstrate the size of some parts of the statue including the nose, finger, and mouth.

The dynamic speaker brought history to life through her dialogue, some music, and multimedia.  She explained to the students where the real Statue of Liberty is and how it came to be in the United States.  She emphasized that the statue stands for peace, opportunity, and liberty.  She also recited the words from the poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus which are mounted on a plaque inside the pedestal’s lower level.

The Super Citizen Program is a 10 week course during which the students are taught how to become super citizens.  As a part of this program, the students are asked to think about some real life heroes that they already know. 

They will have the opportunity to nominate these heroes who they think are super citizens.  During the graduation ceremony at the end of the program, the students will honor these local heroes from the stage.  Students will receive a graduation certificate and recite the Super Citizen Pledge.

This program which presents information to the students about civics, character, financial literacy, and the Great American Story is made possible through sponsorships from local groups and citizens.  If you or your civic organization are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Angie Sparks at 256-572-2032 or the IMPACT Learning Center at 256-218-2121 for information.

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