Students, Legislators Celebrate Chester County Constitution Day

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Students gather to sign a replica of the Constitution.

CCIUOn Sept. 17, 1787 – 11 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed – 39 delegates came together to sign the United States Constitution.

On Sept. 18, 2017, more than 50 students came together to commemoratively sign it again at the Chester County Constitution Day Celebration on the steps of the historic West Chester courthouse.

In recent years, there has been an effort to increase awareness of the importance of the signing in our nation’s history. To support this effort, Engaged Citizenship Executive Director David Woods collaborated with the Chester County Intermediate Unit to host the event.

Students from East Coventry and East Vincent elementary schools, the Henderson High School Chamber Choir, the PA-771 Air Force JROTC from Coatesville High School, Chester County Student Forum, and local and state legislators gathered as a community to celebrate the formation and signing of the Constitution, securing the rights and freedoms of all citizens.

Those in attendance celebrated citizenship for all individuals born in the United States, as well as those who came to the United States through the naturalization process. The topic of being an engaged citizen resonated throughout the day.

Dylan Weaver, a sixth-grader at East Coventry, noted, “It’s a really big moment in American history. It is important for everyone to know their rights and to stay educated on them.”

Woods echoed the sentiment of civic responsibility, saying, “Today is a rallying cry for civics with a goal of getting people involved. One of the most important jobs of our schools is to graduate citizens; everyone is a citizen and each has a responsibility to be educated and to vote.”

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