Nearly 100 Houston Bar Association volunteers read to classes in 100 elementary schools in the Houston area on Monday, September 17, in commemoration of Constitution Day. Attorneys and judges read and discussed the book Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio to first-, second- and third-grade elementary students in 21 different school districts at designated times throughout the day. The book, selected by the HBA Lawyers for Literacy Committee, follows young Grace’s campaign to become the first girl elected president in her school’s mock election and explains the electoral process in a way young students can understand.
Constitution Day is a nationally recognized holiday that commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Educators throughout the U.S. are encouraged to teach students about one of the most important and influential events in American history, which established the many of the rights and freedoms that “We the People” enjoy today. Each year, the Houston Bar Association provides reading programs and other activities in schools throughout Harris County to make the Constitution come alive for students.
Readings were held at various times throughout the day at schools in the Aldine, Alief, Alvin, Channelview, Conroe, Cy-Fair, Deer Park, Fort Bend, Galena Park, Goose Creek, Houston, Humble, Katy, Klein, Lamar Consolidated, Pasadena, Pearland, Sheldon, Spring Branch, Spring, and Stafford school districts, as well as some private schools.
To learn more about the Constitution Day reading program and other HBA initiatives, contact Bonnie Simmons at (713) 759-1133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many schools and readers Tweeted @thehba to show their participation in our reading program. The HBA would like to thank everyone who took part this year.
On Monday 9/17, #ConstitutionDay, HBA volunteers will read Grace for President by @kellydipucchio at 100 different elementary schools all throughout Harris County. Readers and schools — tag @thehba in your Twitter posts so we can see! pic.twitter.com/ff7wWNcciR
— Houston Bar Assoc. (@thehba) September 14, 2018
More @throgers1 second graders are enjoying a reading by @thehba attorney Nicole Voyles on #ConstitutionDay ! Our @Secondgraderams love Grace for President by @kellydipucchio ❤️@VoylesNicole pic.twitter.com/AAtDZ2w4c8
— T. H. Rogers Library (@throgerslibrary) September 17, 2018
— The Village School (@VillageVikings) September 17, 2018
We honor #ConstitutionDay with guest speaker Mrs. Laura Gee from the @thehba. Thank you for the interactive and #MondayMotivation lesson for students in grades 1-3! #WeAreHSES18 pic.twitter.com/e91a71ETPo
— HolySpiritEpiscopal (@hsessaints) September 17, 2018
— JR Harris Library (@JRHarrisLibrary) September 17, 2018
— Stephanie Cass (@Stephanie_Cass_) September 17, 2018
Thank you @thehba and Attorney Mark Flanagan for your visit today as part of the HBA Constitution Day Reading program. The 2nd graders loved the book Grace For President! #ConstitutionDay #PasadenaISD pic.twitter.com/IaNs0zLTvM
— Meador Elementary (@MeadorElementa1) September 17, 2018
Wonderful way to start the week! I shared this book with 2nd graders at Rummel Creek Elementary and spoke to them about being a lawyer and our Constitution. They asked some good questions! Thank you @thehba and @SBISD for a great program. pic.twitter.com/N2DLTZYdC9
— Rachel H. Stinson (@PlainError) September 17, 2018
For Constitution Day, the Houston Bar Association’s Executive Director Kay Sim read to several 2nd and 3rd Grade @CarrollColts classes. She also taught the students about voting and democracy. @thehba @AtinaYoung @thegoodread pic.twitter.com/gmHYFJkZNP
— Heather Tyler (@MsTylersTechies) September 17, 2018
Yvonne Ho, a lawyer from @thehba, visited with second graders at Cimarron today. They enjoyed listening to her read the book, "Grace for President."
Thank you to CIM librarian, Ms. Delgado, for arranging such a valuable learning opportunity. #ConstitutionDay2018 pic.twitter.com/ZsgkfB399t
— Galena Park ISD (@GalenaParkISD) September 17, 2018
Liestman Library appreciates Attorney Ms. Hudson for reading #GraceForPresident to our third graders on #ConstitutionDay. They enjoyed it and learned. Thanks to @thehba. #LiestmanLibrary #LiestmanProud @LiestmanES @Alief_Libraries @AliefISD pic.twitter.com/w33LzbYz1q
— LiestmanLIB (@LiestmanLib) September 17, 2018
— Kelso Elementary (@KelsoHISD) September 17, 2018
Special thanks to Ms. Vanessa Bryant and @thehba for reading ‘Grace For President’ to our 1st grade students and donating the book to our school library! @LLYellowjackets @Justin_Kowrach @FortBendISD @errynneamey #ConstitutionDay2018 #ConstitutionDay pic.twitter.com/0FBmvgnPUc
— Mrs. Sanders (@ms_counselor_) September 17, 2018
How exciting! We had an awesome lawyer read Grace for President. 🎉He reminded us that we can be whatever we choose to be. DREAM BIG MY LITTLE BABIES. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8fFhOxyZgj
— Maria Andrea Cobo (@MariaAndreaCobo) September 17, 2018
Porter Hedges Associate, Nickie Tran, supported @thehba Constitution Day Reading program on September 17. The program sent volunteers to Harris County schools to read Grace for President to first, second, and third grade students. pic.twitter.com/Z7teGMHce2
— Porter Hedges (@PorterHedges) September 18, 2018
— EC Mason Elementary (@ECMasonElem) September 18, 2018
— Mellissa Sanchez (@mellissasanchez) September 19, 2018
— Melissa Balcom (@MelissaBalcom) September 20, 2018
In honor of Constitution Day, attorney Michael Butera read to students at @DPISD_DPE. Butera, representing @thehba, read the @KellyDiPucchio children’s book Grace for President to the students. More photos at https://t.co/uZ56wcYGBW! pic.twitter.com/8cM9ZDIOxu
— Deer Park ISD (@DPISD) September 28, 2018