HBA Volunteers Read to 100 Local Elementary School Classes for Constitution Day


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 bonnies@hba.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.
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Fayez Hatamleh of the Muslim Bar Association of Houston read at Carleston Elementary School.
 

Jennifer A. Hasley, HBA 2018-19 First Vice President, read at Jefferson Elementary School.
 

Jake Locklear of APM/GE read at Frazier Elementary.
 

Elizabeth Wyman of Yetter Coleman LLP read to Carrillo Elementary School.