September 19, 2019
Sept. 19, 2019—Each year, multiple CFISD schools, in partnership with the Houston Bar Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution, celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution by highlighting one significant political figure with a book reading and displaying billboards about the Constitution.
This year, M. Robinson and Owens elementary schools hosted lawyer Farnaz Hutchins and attorney Corey Miller from the Houston Bar Association to read “What Do You Do With a Voice Like That: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan” by Chris Barton to fourth and fifth grade classes.
Before reading the book, Hutchins, who read at M. Robinson, explained the importance of the Constitution, what the Constitution establishes, and how former Texas senator and United States Rep. Barbara Jordan was a champion for the document during the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s.
The Daughters of the American Revolution provided Birkes Elementary School, Cypress Falls High School and Cypress Ridge High School with Constitution display boards, miniature Constitutions to hand out to students and a historical timeline of the formation of the document.
“We enjoyed having Farnaz Hutchins from the Houston Bar Association come out to our school for Constitution Day not only to share a piece of American history, but to have great conversations with our students about her career and the story she read,” said Paula Baiamonte, M. Robinson librarian. “These conversations spark students’ interest in history and students come back to the library looking for more information.”
After the reading, the Houston Bar Association donated the book to M. Robinson’s and Owens’ library for other students to check out and enjoy.
“It was such a pleasure to read to fourth graders at M. Robinson Elementary School for Constitution Day,” Hutchins said. “As representatives of the Houston Bar Association, we hope to spread awareness not only of Constitution Day but also of Barbara Jordan’s legacy of using your voice to help others and bring about positive change. It was so encouraging to see the students so engaged with the book and asking questions.”
The United States Constitution was signed by the founding fathers on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pa. In 2004, Congress passed a bill establishing Sept. 17 as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution.