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DAR leaders celebrate Constitution Day at Columbia County Christian School

by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Students at the Columbia County Christian School, led by Daughters of the American Revolution members Terry Maloney (left of flagpole) and Colleen Menze (right of flagpole), ring their bells to mark the 226th anniversary of the United States Constitutions signing.Not all of the students seemed to know the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and some of them looked distracted as they listened to the story of how the United States Constitution was drafted, but when it came time to ring their bells, just about all of them jangled with gusto.

The student body of the Columbia County Christian School in Warren rang in Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17, with the Daughters of the American Revolution, crowding into a courtyard between modular buildings to celebrate the signing of the Constitution 226 years ago at 1 p.m. (4 p.m. Eastern Time).

The bell-ringing event is meant to “teach the kids about what today means” and “what the Constitution has done for us as Americans,” said school administrator Beth Winegar, who is also the chaplain of the Mount St. Helens chapter of the DAR.

Winegar’s mother, Mount St. Helens DAR regent Terry Maloney, led the flag salute, the singing of the national anthem, the reading of the Preamble to the Constitution and a history lesson for the schoolchildren, who span kindergarten through 11th grade at the private school.

“The wonderful thing about our Constitution is that after 226 years, it’s still the best set of rules any country has ever written for their people,” Maloney told the students.

Students received small bells attached to pieces of paper with the text of the Preamble on them.

Maloney said the Mount St. Helens DAR would like to partner with other schools to hold similar events, but the Columbia County Christian School is the only one that currently participates.

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