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Constitution Signing at Southmont
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Saturday, September 16, 2017
Community in Schools Staff Member Beth Allen at the mock Constitution signing held recently at Southmont Elementary School
Community in Schools Staff Member Beth Allen at the mock Constitution signing held recently at Southmont Elementary School
A Step Back in Time....

Southmont has been privileged for the last five years to take part in a mock Constitution signing. Mrs. Beth Allen our Community in Schools staff member takes students back in time to that famous signing of one of the most important documents in our country's history. 

An interview with Mrs. Allen:

Question:

How many years have you been holding the mock signing of the Constitution?

Mrs. Allen:  

This is the 5th year I have done the activity.

 

Question: 

What have you seen as the most powerful point? 

 

Mrs. Allen:  

It's hard to pinpoint the most powerful point because it's different for the different grade levels.  The younger kids really love to sign their name with the feather pen, just like they did 230 years ago.   The older ones seem to appreciate the fact that the men worked for 100 days to come up with all the rules. We talk about what it must have been like in the room where they kept the windows closed and tried to agree on everything. 

 

 

Question:  
What are some of the reactions by the students? 
Mrs. Allen:  
I do like it that the ones who are older recognize this signing and me dressing up is like a tradition here at Southmont.  I do think those who have done it for several years truly get that the Constitution is important.

 

Some of the answers to the questions I ask the kids are quite humorous, like- Do you know which Presidents signed the Constitution?  Obama and Lincoln are two that some kids say.
 

 

Question:  
What does your presentation consist of? 
Mrs. Allen: 
The presentation is different based on the ages, but I usually start by asking them  what kind of rules they have in their classrooms and at home.  I then say that the founding fathers of our country decided we needed rules in our country to keep people safe and help people.  I talk about the rules the Constitution lays out, usually a brief summary- depending on the age.  I also talk about how the men met in a room in Philadelphia and they didn't want anyone outside to hear what they were talking about so they closed all the windows.  They met for 100 days- from May until September in the hot summer to talk about the rules.  We talk about how the room was probably hot and the men were probably miserable in their clothes.  We talk about who signed it- Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at 81 and he had to be carried in and out of the building by prisoners because he couldn't walk.  I also talk about the actual Constitution being in Washington DC.  Then I tell them how important it was for the men to sign it and by signing it that meant they were going to follow the rules.  Then the kids sign it.
Thank you Mrs. Allen for taking the time to answer our questions about the Constitution signing. Even greater thanks is extended to Mrs. Allen for her service to the SW quadrant and to the students of Southmont Elementary School!

 

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