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ECHS Engages in Civics Literacy

Early College High School surpassed classroom expectations in civics education as 9th-grade students immersed themselves in a unique opportunity to deepen their understanding of the U.S. Constitution, foster civic engagement, and build a sense of community. Under the guidance of their Honors Civics Literacy teacher, Braxton Nelson, and seminar teacher, Larry Minton, the students recently commemorated the signing of the Constitution in a public ceremony on the town square in downtown Lenoir.

“Civic Literacy and local government are very important aspects of not only the North Carolina Social Studies curriculum, but also a civic responsibility to instill in our youth,” said Minton. Civics teacher Braxton Nelson added, “I want to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to actively participate in their local government and make informed decisions as future citizens.”

Prior to this outreach activity, students delved into the intricacies of the U.S. Constitution, exploring its historical significance and understanding its impact on the nation’s governance. The culmination of this study unit took place on the town square in downtown Lenoir to officially sign their self-created constitution.  Nelson added an immersive element to the learning experience by donning period dress to transport students back in time, bringing the constitutional era to life.

To further enrich their understanding of local government, the students participated in a guided tour of government offices in downtown Lenoir.

“This event also served as an opportunity for the community to witness firsthand the passion and dedication these young students have invested in understanding the principles that shape our democracy,” Nelson said.