Over 100 fifth-grade students from two Denver-area schools marched on the Colorado State Capitol to celebrate Constitution Day and civic education Sept. 15.
The nonpartisan rally, sponsored by the Denver-based Liberty Day Institute began with a gathering and speakers on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol. A number of dignitaries, including Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert, addressed the crowd of students and adults. Fifthgraders from the Denver Center for International Studies at Fairmont and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School will speak as well.
“We are thrilled to host this unique rally on the Capitol steps in celebration of Constitution Day and as a message of the importance of civic education in schools,” said Andy McKean, founder and president emeritus. “Even more, I’m excited that this will be our official kickoff to a statewide initiative that will reach more than 50,000 fifth graders in the 2017-2018 school year.”
With the support of Rotary and Optimist Clubs, civic and political organizations, a large grant from the Daniels Fund, and others, the institute has raised nearly $55,000 so far to distribute constitution booklets with Q&A flashcards, along with teaching materials, to more than 50,000 students throughout Colorado.
The rally serves as a formal kickoff for the campaign. It was led by the institute’s entertaining, proprietary character, Jefferson Quincy Washington III, aided by President and CEO Jimmy Sengenberger.
“Democrats and Republicans alike have long supported the institute’s nonpartisan civic education program, and we are so grateful for that support,” said Sengenberger.
Among the guest speakers were Coffman, Staiert, House Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist, and former Ambassador Sam Zakhem, along with gubernatorial candidates Doug Robinson, Greg Lopez, and Steve Barlock.
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