CHILLICOTHE―”We the people of the United States,” ran out of the speakers at Unioto Middle School recently as students took part in an assembly celebrating Constitution Week.
The assembly featured the Joseph Ogle Ohio Militia presenting the colors and a Ben Franklin reenactor who told what it was like to write the constitution.
Constitution Day, which was celebrated on Sept. 17, is the anniversary of the 1787 signing of the US constitution. The assembly was part of Constitution Week hosted by the Chillicothe chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This is one of the first celebrations for Constitution Week hosted by the DAR of Ross County and the first of its kind at Unioto schools.
The DAR worked with eighth-grade US history teacher Anita Thackston to put on the assembly, during which DAR member Terressa Reep read out a proclamation from Governor Mike DeWine proclaiming the recognition of Constitution Week. Reep also had similar proclamations from Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney and the Ross County Commissioners.
A Ben Franklin reenactor, who was also at the DAR’s Liberty Camp earlier this year, said he enjoys getting to speak in front of kids and teach them history, as it is something he doesn’t get to do very often. The reenactor, David Tillis, said he thinks bringing history to life is a great way to teach children as it is 3-D and interactive.
“I can think of no better way to teach them,” said Tillis.
Thackston took time to remind students to thank family members and those in the community who have served their country. She pointed out that they are the reason we continue to have the rights that we do as Americans.
At the end of the celebrations eighth grade students were given miniature bells to ring to celebrate the signing of the constitution. The bells represent the bells that rang Saturday across the nation to celebrate the official constitution anniversary.
Middle School Principal Phillip Fitch said he enjoyed the assembly and thought it was “outstanding.” Fitch believes that teaching the younger generations about American history is important and necessary and that this celebration was a unique way to do so.
Shelby Reeves is a reporter for the Chillicothe Gazette. You can email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Shelby_Reeves_