Learning Governance

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Forty-four newly elected student council members representing grades kindergarten through five at South Grove Elementary School were recently sworn in by New York State Judge Gina Lopez-Summa, who provided a firsthand lesson on the United States system of government.

In recognition of Constitution Day, the entire South Grove students were treated to a special visit from the Hon. Lopez-Summa, who administered the oath to the new council members, discussed how the three branches of government function, and stressed the importance of governance and leadership. The event included a recital of the Preamble to the Constitution, which begins, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union….”

Student council advisers Cathy Bozza and Christina Mancuso coordinate the assembly every year in conjunction with Constitution Day, created in 2004 to recognize the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on Sept. 17, the day in 1787 on which delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.         Student council officers and members are pictured with Bozza, Mancuso, Judge Lopez-Summa and Principal Mi Jung An.