Local School Celebrates America in September
Celebrating America is usually reserved for the Fourth of July, but students at W. A. Metcalfe Elementary School are celebrating the values of the nation for an entire week.
The kick off for "Freedom Week" started on september 17th --the day the Constitution was signed. In 2005, the U.S. Senate said that all schools that receive money from the federal government had to spend at least one day teaching the principles of the Constitution, and Florida adopted it as a state statute. But what started as a federal mandate has taken on life and energy at Metcalfe and every student plays a part.
Teacher, Elaine Ward, who organized the program, says she wants her students to learn more than history but to embrace the values that are the foundation of America, "I want at an early age for students to learn and understand our Constitution and the importance of what it is to be free and to not take it for granted."
Now the school that has been challenged with getting a high ranking, can say their students deserve an "A" for American history. The celebration will continue until the 28th.
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