We received this touching email from Hillsdale College and it was too great not to share. We hope you enjoy it and it gives you faith in future generations (note: some details edited to protect the names in the email):
As of this week, over 390,000 pocket constitutions have been sent to students across the United States (from Hillsdale College)! And grateful teachers have asked us to share the stories of how they’ve been used. Here’s one of my favorites:
An 8th grade teacher said she uses pocket constitutions in her classroom as a “rite of passage” for her civics students. The national anthem is playing in the background as each student is presented with their own pocket constitution. “They are usually beaming with patriotic pride that they have a personal copy of a document that means so much for our great nation, and have themselves learned the Preamble and the nuts and bolts of constitutional principles. ”
The teacher said she’s received comments from parents about how their students will pull out their pocket constitutions at the dinner table to contribute to family discussions of current events!
We hope that this kind of story brings you hope in a renewal of appreciation for the Constitution in K-12 students across the county. Here’s another one I’d like to share.
One of my team’s favorite moments this month was when we received 27 handwritten letters from fourth-grade students requesting a copy of the Constitution to study. We had the opportunity to write each one back, and it literally was the best part of our day. I hope this note helps you share a little in that joy. – Hillsdale College.