Hartselle City second-graders meet Libby virtually for kickoff
Special to the Enquirer
In an educational experience that normally features hundreds of students gathered to cheer, sing and celebrate together, this year’s Super Citizen Kickoff for Hartselle City Schools is happening a little differently because of COVID-19.
A “virtual kickoff” is delivering engagement and enthusiasm to help schools teach civics, character, history, financial literacy and careers, whether students watch inside smaller classrooms or in the safety of their own homes.
Libby Liberty, the Statue of Liberty character who normally arrives in auditoriums to bring history to life on stage, now jumps off the screen to introduce students to the 10-week program they’re beginning. Students and parents hear from the Liberty Learning Foundation education team, are introduced to program sponsors are guided on a journey that “reminds them why their roles as Super Citizens are so important in America’s future,” according to the Foundation.
Students are also being introduced to the man who will give them a “hand” with these important lessons. As Libby winds down, she hands the screen over to Mr. Palmer, a “brash and brilliant hand-character who leads students in DVD-based lessons in civics, character, financial literacy and our Great American Story.”
The Super Citizen experience includes the kick–off event, immersive learning and community service projects and will culminate in a graduation celebration that encourages students to honor everyday heroes in their communities. They will learn that “when you honor a hero, you become a hero.”
According to the Foundation, these crucial lessons are being taught thanks to funding from sponsors who understand that these lessons must be taught despite school budget cut – and especially in these times when civic duty, voting, and character issues are so important. Students will finish the virtual event singing along to the program’s signature song, “YOU in the U.S.A.”
Hartselle students participating are from Barkley Bridge, Crestline and F.E. Burleson schools.