Constitution Day celebrated online

Each year, the stu­dents of Maple Point Middle School in Middletown Township are treat­ed to a les­son about the United Constitution from those who actu­al­ly work and use it every day. The school invites a series of speak­ers to share knowl­edge of spe­cif­ic aspects of the Constitution, so by the time a stu­dent has grad­u­at­ed 8th grade they gain an under­stand­ing of the basis for the judi­cial and elec­toral process, the role of elect­ed offi­cials and gov­ern­ment, and the exer­cise of free­dom of speech and the press.

This year, a slate of local speak­ers joined hun­dreds of stu­dents in a series of Zoom pre­sen­ta­tions. The stu­dents heard from the speak­ers then were able to ask ques­tions. The speak­ers this year includ­ed:

  • Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub
  • Middletown Township Police Chief Joe Bartorilla and School Resource Officer Melissa Robison
  • LevittownNow edi­tor Tom Sofield
  • U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Middletown Township Supervisor Amy Strouse
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Frank Farry

The pro­gram is arranged by the Maple Point social stud­ies teach­ers includ­ing 8th grade teacher Anne Schmidt. Constitution Day was cel­e­brat­ed on September 17 this year and the Maple Point cel­e­bra­tion is cen­tered around that week.

Constitution Day speakers