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Class Notes: Hall schools to celebrate signing of US Constitution
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Hall schools are celebrating the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with patriotic contests and displays.

This comes after a committee appointed in 2013 found social studies curriculum in the district has gaps in several areas, with U.S. civics at the top of the list.

The committee, which was requested by the district’s Board of Education, found existing curriculum has “little or no focus on a K-12 mastery of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights,” according to Superintendent Will Schofield.

The committee also recommended greater focus on personal economics and community service.

Constitution Week, which runs through Tuesday, was established by Congress in 1956 after a petition by the Daughters of the American Revolution. According to the DAR, the week is meant to highlight civic responsibility and to promote education about the Constitution and the events that led to its creation.

Several schools are carrying out that educational goal this week by promoting study of the Constitution in their libraries.

Johnson High School, Flowery Branch High School, Martin Technology Academy of Math and Science and Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy all have displays in their libraries celebrating Constitution Week,according to DAR member Margaret Ward Whalen.

Whalen said the high school displays include books about the Constitution.

She said the two elementary schools are making daily announcements about the Constitution, while Johnson High School is including a “Constitutional Minute” in its morning announcements.

Johnson is also giving prizes of candy to students who can answer questions about the Constitution, she said.

New UNG scholarship available for Marines

Marines at the University of North Georgia may be able to get help paying tuition, thanks to a scholarship established by the Marine Corps League Upper Chattahoochee Detachment 665.

The Gunnery Sgt. Francis “Frank” E. Cornell Scholarship Fund will award $500 per semester to eligible Marines, giving first preference to students at the Gainesville campus.

The scholarship, which totals $1,000 per year, will be awarded to up to two students per semester, and can be renewed each year as long as students remain eligible.

To be eligible, the student must be a Marine who has served at least 90 days of active duty and received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps or have served as a Fleet Marine Force corpsman. The scholarship also requires admittance to University of North Georgia, and recipients must have a 2.5 grade-point average.

“One of the objectives of the Marine Corps League Detachment 665 is Marines helping Marines and Fleet Marine Force corpsmen,” League Commandant David Godfrey said in a statement.

Andrew J. Leavitt, CEO of the UNG Foundation, said the foundation would like to see more scholarships created by the community.

“This scholarship is a great example of how a group of people can have an impact on students with similar life experiences,” he said. “We certainly encourage others to follow their example.”

Students interested in applying for the scholarship can do so through the school’s financial aid office.

Those interested in creating a scholarship can contact Leavitt at


Jennifer Jacob Brown covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her: