Why the 5th grade?
The Three Elements
The James Madison Initiative generally involves the following main elements.
1. Foundations, community organizations (i.e. Optimist or Lions Clubs, Bar Associations, political groups), and/or businesses donate to the Liberty Day Institute or purchase the Liberty Day Institute’s Complete Educational Resource Package for fifth grade classes at one or more elementary schools in their area. The materials will be sent directly to the teachers for use in lessons on the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
2. Volunteer attorneys, elected officials, college students, community members, and others will visit fifth grade classrooms on or around Liberty Day, Law Day, or Constitution Day to review the Liberty Day Institute curriculum with the students after the teachers and parents have gone over the 24 Q&As with their students.
3. Select schools/classes may have the opportunity to compete in a contest and win a field trip to their state capitol, a college campus, or other special locations to quiz legislators, lobbyists, college students, faculty, and others on the U.S. Constitution and what participating the Liberty Day Institute Kids have learned.