Students from Northwest Colorado will be traveling to Denver this week to join in the festivities for Liberty Day, an educational program about the workings of American government.
Liberty Day includes a field trip to the Colorado State Capitol, including tours, and kids can interact with legislators. Certain students will also be reading the Declaration of Independence on the House floor.
There will be 10 total fifth-graders representing the four Craig elementary schools, as well as two students from Jackson County’s Walden, all of whom will be making the trip with the help of the Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The kids will join Englewood and Northglenn schools in attendance, marking the first time students from the Western Slope have joined in the activity.
“Everybody that I’ve talked to is really excited about kids from Northwest Colorado coming over this year,” said Debbie McClain, DAR member and organizer.
Several of the young envoys from Northwest Colorado will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Students can also test the visitors to the Capitol on their knowledge of the American Constitution.
“Liberty Day gives us the opportunity to pause from what we're doing here in the State Capitol and reflect on why we're doing it — so that our ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth,’” said Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, in a press release from the Liberty Day Institute.
Formed in 1996, the Liberty Day Institute is dedicated to promoting education about the American government, with March 16 the official date of celebration, commemorating the birth date of the author of the Constitution, President James Madison.