Stories of Optimism


Colorado Optimists Promote Real-World Understanding of Constitution
March 8, 2013

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln, highlight the importance of having a well-informed society. Andy McKean, a member of the Monaco South – Denver Optimist Club, agrees, which is why he founded Liberty Day in 1996. Though many community groups help promote Liberty Day, various Colorado Optimist Clubs, like Monaco South and Colorado Springs, have been especially instrumental in furthering the mission.

Liberty Day is a nonprofit organization that educates fifth graders about the United States Constitution and the founding of our country. The organization even offers professional development to help school teachers learn the best tactics for teaching the Constitution to their students. They also teach students and teachers how to contact their state senators and representatives and start an open dialogue about what current bills are being discussed in the state capitol. Liberty Day has a set curriculum that can be implemented in as little as a few hours. And the kids get to take a home their own mini version of the US Constitution.


Photo Courtesy of Liberty Day



Photo Courtesy of Liberty Day

But what may be most exciting for the young participants are the trips they get to take. Sometimes, they go to local colleges to quiz college students on the Constitution (of course, leaving more mini Constitutions with those that don’t fare so well). But the height of the program is when the kids travel to the Capitol Building in Denver on March 13, James Madison Day, to meet their law makers, talk with them about the Constitution, and open that day’s session by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on the floor.

While Liberty Day is currently concentrated in Colorado and Oklahoma, McKean hopes it will spread to all states, and even Canada.  He says his goal is to “create a generation of functioning citizens” in order to create a better society.  To learn more about Liberty Day and how your Optimist Club can get involved, visit www.libertyday.org.


 


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