Two RES Fifth Grade Classes Finalists in Citizenship Challenge
“What should be the 28th Amendment to the Constitution?”. This is the question The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement posed to fourth and fifth grade students in the 5 county Philadelphia area in their annual Citizenship Challenge. Two Radnor Elementary School classes were selected as finalists from a pool of 200 submissions and invited to creatively present their essays at a conference at the National Constitution Center on Thursday, January 12, 2023. Mrs. Monica Willans’ fifth grade class presented a skit on free healthcare, while Mrs. Kaitlin McAuliffe’s fifth grade class presented a skit and song on gun control. After their presentations, students answered questions from the panel of judges including Gov. Ed Rendell, Judge Marjorie Rendell, and Mr. Michael Stiles.
In addition to their presentations, the students had a chance to tour the Constitution Center. They experienced Freedom Rising, a multimedia theatrical production of the American quest for freedom; visited The Story of We the People, an interactive exhibition illuminating America’s constitutional history; and wandered among the 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers present at the signing on September 17, 1787, in Signers’ Hall.
Congratulations to our students!