Samantha, an eighth-grader, had never read the preamble before she volunteered to read it aloud at the assembly.
“I think it’s a symbol of our freedom,” she said. “Without this supreme law, there wouldn’t be any freedom.”
The 300 preschool through eighth-grade students at the private Christian school have showed their patriotic colors since 2005, celebrating Patriots Day, Sept. 11, and National Anthem Day, Sept. 14, with an annual assembly.
This year, Principal Peggy Haase added Constitution Day to the list of observances.
“The Constitution is what gives us our freedom.” Haase said. “It’s part of being a good citizen as God calls us. We just feel that our system of government is a good one and we want our students to learn about it.”
Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week as the week of Sept. 17 to encourage Americans to learn about the Constitution. In 2005, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia added legislation to name Sept. 17 Constitution Day, according to the U.S. Senate website.
Bella Vista students, faculty and parents gathered around the flagpole to celebrate with the national anthem and songs led by music teacher Lisa McLaughlin. The second-grade class ended the assembly with a rendition of the song “Constitution Day.”
Haase called the gathering “a celebration of what a blessing it is to live in this country.”
All eighth-graders at the school study the Constitution, and Samantha said she appreciates the document’s beginning.
“You can kind of see how it has changed over the years — how it has become more modern — but what it stands for is still there today,” she said.
Megan Loomis, another eighth-grader, said she has read parts of the Constitution and envisioned its writers since her parents gave her a reproduction when she was 7 years old.
“It was cool how they got together and spent days planning out and writing out the Constitution,” she said. “It is more special since the (9/11) attacks. We are all together, and we are free.”
•Contact Glenn Moore at 835-4252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.