South Jordan Elementary Students Present ‘We the People’ Program

Picture of South Jordan Elementary StudentsLearning about governmental process, citizenship and the Constitution was all a part of the recent ‘We the People’ program at South Jordan Elementary School.

Fifth-graders from Diane Witt-Roper’s class took part in simulated congressional hearings, working cooperatively with teammates and presenting speeches to a panel of judges. During the program, teams of students were given the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles, our system of government, as well as historical and current events. Each team was then questioned by the panel of judges and graded on civic and government knowledge, as well as presentation skills and other standards.

Topics included the Purpose of Government, the Bill of Rights and the Constitutional Convention, the Three Branches of Government, Freedoms and Rights of Citizens and Responsibility of Citizens.

The panel of judges this year included Ken Westwood, Principal, South Jordan Elementary; Michelle Oldroyd, Director for the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education; Rebecca Smith, Gifted and Talented Specialist, Jordan School District; and Detective David Adams, School Resource Officer.

Mrs. Witt-Roper introduced the ‘We the People’ program four years ago to her students and the culminating assembly has grown every year since its inception.