Constitution Week donations

Aiden Granger (left) and David Granger (second from right) with the Alexander Breckenridge Society of the Children of the American Revolution of Waco present gift bags to River Valley Intermediate School integrated studies teachers Leighanne Parish (second from left) and Dana Gietzen.

Alexander Breckenridge Society photo

The Alexander Breckenridge Society of the Children of the American Revolution in Waco donated pocket-sized Constitution packages, which include the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the 11th to 27th Amendments and the Declaration of Independence, to each fifth-grade student in the Midway Independent School District.

Along with the Constitutions for the students, each social studies instructor at River Valley Intermediate and Woodgate Intermediate was presented with a DVD, “A More Perfect Union — America Becomes a Nation,” a teacher’s guide that accompanies the DVD, lesson plans, posters and additional resources.

“We will be able to utilize these materials not only for Constitution Week, but for our government unit that we cover later in the school year,” said Dana Gietzen, an integrated studies teacher at River Valley.

David Granger, president of the Alexander Breckenridge Society, said, “I feel our textbooks don’t cover the importance of this living historical document, the U.S. Constitution, enough. We have to make sure that all students respect it as they will be our future leaders.”

The society plans on fundraising this year and hopes to be able to supply Midway and another school district next year, eventually covering all McLennan County school districts, according to treasurer Aiden Granger.

The materials were delivered in advance of Constitution Week, which is Sept. 17-23. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17–23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week.

Proclamations designating Constitution Week were recognized in Waco, Woodway and Hewitt.

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