On Constitution Day, Monday, September 17, three elementary schools in Fayette County were visited by Alton Russell, Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party’s 3rd District and a certified story teller, who was dressed as one of America’s Founding Fathers. The event was sponsored by the Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club and coordinated by its Education Chair, Glenda Burns.
The school visits were facilitated by Becky Ryckeley, the Fayette County school system’s Coordinator for Social Studies, Gifted, and Advanced Placement.
At Peeples Elementary School in Peachtree City, 340 of their 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students attended the program. Fayetteville’s Spring Hill Elementary had 78 of their 4th grade students in attendance. Two hundred sixty eight 4th and 5th grade students at Fayetteville Intermediate School attended the program at their school. A total of 686 Fayette County students had a story-telling adventure about the U. S. Constitution and received a pocket constitution, provided by GAGOP 3rd District.
Mr. Russell talked to the students for about 30 minutes explaining the story of how the U. S. Constitution was written, its significance, and who its signers were, making particular mention of which signers were Georgians. He impressed upon the students the importance of reading the Constitution and knowing where to find the answers to questions about the Constitution and its Amendments.
On the Friday prior to Constitution Day, the Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club presented a teacher’s packet from the National Center for Constitutional Studies to the principals of each of the Fayette County high schools. Teachers at the schools shared the information packets for their presentations to the high school students during Constitution Week, September 17 – 23rd.
Constitution booklets donated by Senators Chambliss and Isakson were also presented to the high schools.