The Honorable Marjorie Rendell recently visited Merion Elementary School to honor Ann Friedlander's fifth grade class and present them with a $500 check for their third-place finish in the 6th Annual Citizenship Challenge Essay Contest sponsored by the Rendell Center for Civics and Citizenship. More than 100 fourth and fifth grade classes from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area submitted essays to this year's competition making Merion's top-three finish all the more impressive.
The competition provides fourth and fifth grade students in the five-county area the opportunity to think critically and express themselves about a current issue facing American democracy. This year's challenge posed the following question to participating students: "Why is the First Amendment important to you?"
At the presentation, Principal Anne Heffron welcomed all those in attendance before remarks were provided by Mrs. Friedlander and the former first lady of Pennsylvania, who both lauded the award-winning students for their hard work, dedication, eloquence and composure throughout the competition.
For their efforts, Merion will be able to use the $500 check towards a program that promotes civics learning and engagement across the student body and also received classroom copies of the Literature-Based Mock Trial curriculum. Congratulations, Merion! To view a slideshow of pictures from the ceremony, click on the image below!
To view a slideshow of pictures from Merion's presentation at the Citizenship Challenge event, click on the image below!