2003-05-16 / Community

Meeks Presents Books To MS 198 Students

Meeks Presents Books To MS 198 Students


Congressman Gregory W. Meeks and Principal Beth Longo Address students in school Library in celebration of Liberty Day.Congressman Gregory W. Meeks and Principal Beth Longo Address students in school Library in celebration of Liberty Day.

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks recently presented "New York Liberty Day" booklets to Junior High School 198 in Far Rockaway, New York. 

"I am truly excited about the presentation today to the extraordinary children of JHS 198.   It is with great hope that the New York Liberty Day booklets, that were presented along with Pauline Francis of the Lion’s Club, will be utilized by the students to learn more about the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  Our nation was built on the principles of freedom and liberty as defined in the Constitution.  It is with great honor that I share with the students a reflection of my responsibilities as a Member of the United States House of Representatives and how it has been shaped by the Constitution," stated Meeks.

Liberty Day, in association with the Lion’s Club, is a celebration to call attention to both the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution.   Liberty Day was designed to provide teachers with a day in the school year to focus on the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  Many instructors teach around ‘themes’, and the appropriate ‘theme day’ for this is July 4th.   However, most children are not in school on July 4th.  As a result, teachers in Colorado created a ‘big deal’ day where they could teach about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  Events are scheduled by service group members, in cooperation with elected government representatives, school officials, teachers, scout troop leaders, church youth leaders, etc.

"Many Americans lack a basic understanding of America’s fundamental liberties and the role of Declaration of Independence and Constitution play in maintaining those liberties," Meeks said. "Liberty Day volunteers are making sure that the basic liberties ensured by America’s the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are not forgotten."

For more information about Liberty Day, or for suggestions on organizing Liberty Day activities in your community, contact Andy McKean (585) 233-1958.


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