Students in Hall County and Gainesville City schools participated in Constitution Week this past week, celebrating and learning about the founding principles of the United States.
“In the Hall County School District, it is always Constitution Week,” Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said.
The school district offers a free Declaration of Independence/U.S. Constitution course on its website, which has been visited by nearly 38,000 people from 15 different countries, according to Schofield.
Additionally, “Our local petition to become the most constitutionally literate community in America has now been signed by over 3,700 individuals,” Schofield said. “Our district’s students and team members have distributed over 10,000 copies of the U.S. Constitution to community members and we will continue to make this a priority.”
Meanwhile, the Col. William Candler chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, based in Gainesville, visited 54 local schools and five libraries this week, having principals sign proclamations and providing them materials to teach students about Constitution Week.
Jacquie Waldron, chairman of Constitution Week for the local DAR chapter, said Gainesville City Schools and local Christian private schools were added this year.
Waldron said that several local churches are also participating by ringing their bells on Sunday to acknowledge the Constitution Week celebration.
The DAR also attended a Gainesville City Council meeting this week, where Mayor Danny Dunagan signed a proclamation for Constitution Week noting the city’s efforts to promote it.
The state chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized the Gainesville chapter’s successes this year, which included visits to the most number of schools and the most number of displays created by students celebrating the Constitution.
“Being from California, I am passionate that our students know the preamble (to the U.S. Constitution), the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner,” Waldron said. “We as a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution want to hold unto those values that are so dear to our hearts in American History.”