Perelman Students Participate in Civics Competition
Fifth grade students at the Stern Center competed as finalists in the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement Annual Citizenship Challenge on December 11.
This is the third year that Perelman students were chosen as finalists. This year’s question was, “What does the First Amendment mean to you?” Students worked together during lunch, recess, and outside of school, to craft an essay explaining how the First Amendment protects our country and our citizens.
The competition took place at the National Constitution Center where our fifth graders presented a family feud inspired skit, dressing as Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, James Madison, Nelly Bly, Jake Tapper and Mary Beth Tinker. They answered questions, from the perspective of each contestant in front of a panel of judges, including Governor Rendell and Judge Rendell.
The entire fifth grade took a field trip to watch the final competition and tour the Constitution Center. A powerful moment took place after lunch, when our students proudly ended their meal with the Birkat Hamazon (blessing after the meal) in front of the other schools, affirming, once again, the importance of religious freedom.