“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country”

Noah Webster

On Friday, September 7th, Garfield students celebrated Constitution Day (officially September 17) with their 2nd Annual Patriot Fair.  Students assembled in the gymnasium where they were met by Revolutionary War re-enactors who hosted a myriad of exhibits for the students to experience the history of their country in a whole new way.  The event began with the Presentation of Colors by Members of the Cincinnati Chapter SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard and a performance of our National Anthem our very talented Choir teacher, Matt Baker.  

Students then rotated through a series of hands-on experiences in which the talented presenters were dressed in time-period uniforms and outfits.  The experiential exhibits included the following:

The Howard Miller Memorial Flag Collection

Don McGraw presenter
Students experienced the evolution of our current National Colors and why the flag and their symbols are so important. What our flag stands for and why it should be respected.
 
The James and Dolley Madison Constitution Experience
Denise Waterman and Rich Piper presenters
Students experienced a presentation on the personal lives of James and Dolley Madison in relation to being the “Father of the Constitution”

 
Yorktown Experience
Dr. Ed Bonniwell presenter
Students learned the Significance of the Battle of Yorktown through an animated presentation
 
Teddy Roosevelt Experience
Joe Oltmar presenter
Students experienced Theodore Roosevelt as if he were standing in front of them!   Students explored how the Constitution is an evolving document and how that has allowed the presidency and the branches of government to continued to evolve…. particularly under Theodore Roosevelt’s tenure.  
 
Revolutionary Memorabilia and Life of the Every Day Revolutionary War Soldier. (Joseph Plum Martin and Valley Forge Highlighted)
Jack Bredenfoerder presenter
Students experienced the day to day hardships of a regular Continental soldier and the significance of endurance at Valley Forge.
Colonial Life and First Lady Doll Collection Displays
Students explored the everyday lives of colonists and their children along with a First Lady doll collection.

Garfield was honored to have Members of the Cincinnati Chapter Sons of the American Revolution; John Reily Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution; Cincinnati Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution; and Fort Hamilton Society Children of the American Revolution and the American Spirit Education Alliance in attendance.  They freely donated their time, knowledge and hearts to the Garfield family for which we are forever indebted

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