Super Citizen kick-off for Selma students coming Sept. 7

Published 7:41 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Liberty Learning Foundation is coming to Selma to teach students about being a super citizen through the way of Libby Liberty on Sept. 7 beginning at 9 a.m.

The Super Citizen Kick-off event is a 10-week program that will teach students lessons in civics, character, financial literacy, careers and social studies.

More than 350 second-grade students and 400 fifth-grade students from seven Selma City Schools will participate in the Next Great Americans Kickoff with Libby Liberty.

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Dressed as the Statue of Liberty, Libby Liberty is played by two actresses on tours: Kristen Bowden Sharp, an actress, singer and motivational speaker from Birmingham and Kelli Dodd, a former Spanish teacher at Ranburne High School in northeast Alabama.

The purpose of the Libby Liberty character is to create an engaging curriculum for the Super Citizen Program, and headline the Next Great Americans tour, which is part of the Liberty Learning Foundation.

The foundation’s goal is to provide civic education programs and life experiences that improve children, community and country.

According to numbers provided by the foundation, 158,704 students have been impacted by this program through grants and donations.

In Alabama, 472 schools and communities have been impacted by the program and have played a part in test score improvement on average of 35 percent improvement rating.

The program also is part of the Bicentennial Alabama 200 festivities.

Between 2017 and 2019, Alabama 200 will engage residents and visitors of the state in educational programs, community activities and statewide initiatives that teach, inspire and entertain.

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