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5th Graders Celebrate Constitution Week

This past Monday, September 17th, 2012 members of the Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter kicked-off constitution week with a visit to Carolina Beach Elementary School.  Constitution Week is celebrated September 17 through the 23; the weeklong commemoration of  America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known observances. However CBES fifth graders were taught the importance with period dress and speech.  The women of DAR discussed the men who signed the constitution, why it was ratified and the impact this document made for the United States of America.  The fifth grade class finished up with a lesson on “Taxation Without Representation” by means of Skittles. The lesson was quickly learned when each student started with several Skittles ended with just a few after being “taxed” by everything under the sun.  Special Thanks to Mrs. Benson, Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Weaver members of the Ladies Wilmington Tea Walk Chapter, NSDAR for sharing their vast historical knowledge of the document that built America. The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity;  (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for Americas great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. All information was gathered from www.dar.org.