By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
Students at Lockwood Elementary extended a special thanks to a group of Cannon Air Force Base airmen Tuesday as part of their annual Constitution Day celebration.
Constitution Day, a congressional initiative to educate students about the 226 year-old document, is required to be observed in schools that receive federal funding.
“I think it’s very important,” said Lockwood Principal Debbie Westbrook. “That’s the fundamental basis of our country. I think it’s great that we have a day that we celebrate and honor it and that we continue to teach the history.”
Two students from each classroom helped serve lunch to the airmen, and also sat and talked with them as they enjoyed their meal.
Heather Chauret, second grade teacher at Lockwood, said the school decided to focus on the military for this year’s Constitution Day because of the help they have received from Cannon personnel.
“We talked about the goverment and focusing on a give-back since so many people have given to us this year with the new school building,” she said. “For our give-back, we decided to do Cannon Air Force Base.”
According to Chauret, airmen helped clean up after the school was broken into last week, and also donated school supplies for the students.
“They’ve done so much for us,” she said. “So we brought them all out today.”
“Constitution Day is a big day in our schools,” said Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers. “You can go into any of our schools and see us celebrating something to do with the Constitution today. We certainly want our kids to know what the Constitution is all about.”
What is Constitution Day?
To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution.
In 2004, Sept. 17 of each year was designated as Constitution Day, and law now requires public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
— Source: www.senate.gov