Libby Liberty coming to town

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Libby Liberty is coming to Pike County this week, ready to share a message about citizenship with students throughout the county.

Libby Liberty is the key figure in a new citizenship program sponsored by Troy Bank & Trust Co. The Liberty Learning Foundation’s Next Great Americans Bus Tour will perform for five schools in the area on Wednesday and Thursday.

The journey through history will introduce the Super Citizen program, designed to help students and teachers learn more about being good citizens.

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“Unfortunately, history has been put on the back burner,” said Barbie Sumner, who works with the program.

The Super Citizen Program is an annual in-school program that focuses on teaching character-building, financial literacy and career development components to third, fourth and fifth graders while incorporating elements of history.

Teachers will incorporate approximately on hour each day to focus on these lessons. Halfway through the 10-week program, the schools will form torch teams.

“We ask them to look into their community and find an individual who has made an impact on their lives,” Sumner said.

Once each team has chosen their “hero,” they will raise money to purchase a statue to present to that individual. The statues contain actual material from the original Statue of Liberty in the shape of a heart.

“The purpose is to motivate the students, but in turn it has motivated the heroes,” Sumner said. “The kids are learning so much, but the community is learning, as well.”

The kick-off performances will be held on Wednesday at Troy Elementary School at 8:30 a.m., Pike Liberal Arts at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday at Claudia Crosby Theater at 9:00 a.m. for students in Pike County schools.

“The Liberty Learning Foundation and Troy Bank & Trust are so excited to bring this to Pike County,” said Sumner.