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Pachyderm Club provides eighth graders with copies of the Constitution

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Members of the Pachyderm Club present copies of the United States Constitution to Carriel Junior High School Principal Ellen Hays. The club members then gave a short presentation to the eighth grade students and passed out copies to each of them. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Members of the Metro East Pachyderm Club spent time last week educating eighth grade students at Fulton and Carriel Junior High Schools about the United States Constitution and providing them all with a copy.

The donation was the brainchild of members Steve and Robin Springer. Steve is a member of the District 90 Board of Education and Robin is the president of the Pachyderm Club. The club describes itself as a political club patterned after civic clubs with programs centered on government and politics.

“I learned that District 90 didn’t have hard copies of the US Constitution, either in textbooks or other forms.  Part of the Pachyderm Club’s mission is to further education in the community and we thought this would be a great opportunity to do so,” Steve Springer said.

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Pachyderm Rick Van Etten passes out copies of the United States Constitution to eighth grade students at Fulton Junior High School. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

The club purchased 400 pocket booklets that contain the the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to present to the students at the two O’Fallon junior high schools to use and study from.

Springer and other club members said they wanted to give the students the Constitutions so they had it going into high school.

“There’s a lot going on in our world. You hear about the presidential election every day in the news. All of it is governed by and should be in accordance with the Constitution. And we want [the students] to have it so they can reference it and know what it says,” Springer said.

District 90 Superintendent Carrie Hruby was on hand at Fulton Junior High School and said she and the district really appreciate the club’s generousity.

“The District is grateful for the donation of copies of the US Constitution for each of our eighth grade students. It is important that our students learn about the Constitution and have the opportunity to read it in full text. This allows them to use a primary source document to learn about the pillars on which our nation was built.  Our students are the nation’s future leaders so their understanding of the Constitution is vital,” said Hruby.