(NASHVILLE), February 19, 2019 — The 917 Society is excited to announce the second distribution of free pocket constitutions to 8th grade social studies teachers to give to students in Tennessee this school year. For Constitution Day, September 17th, The 917 Society distributed free pocket Constitutions to 25,000 students and have been fortunate to add an additional distribution to schools across the state.
Senator Ken Yager of Tennessee Senate District 12, a 917 Society Founders Club Member, is helping The 917 Society reach the schools in his district.
“Nothing is more important to our freedoms than providing our students with an intimate knowledge of the wisdom of our U.S. Constitution,” said Sen. Yager. “It is the foundation upon which this nation is built and upon which all our laws rest. It is critical to our country’s future that students fully understand it and the many sacrifices made which put this amazing document in place.”
“Our elected official take an oath to uphold our Constitution and it is important as citizens to know their oath and hold them accountable to it,” said 917 Society Founder and Executive Director Joni Bryan. “We are thrilled to have so many of our community leaders and elected officials helping with this project to ensure our youth are equipped with their very own copy of the Constitution. We feel it is a great way to show support for our educators by providing this free resource for the classroom. We appreciate Senator Yager for joining our Founders Club and helping us reach the next generation.”
Tennessee is the first state making this program available statewide each year- including public, private and home schooled students. According to Ms. Bryan, schools in eight other states have requested the program and the organization hopes to expand nationally. The 917 Society will again distribute free pocket Constitutions in August 2019, when the new school year begins.
The 917 Society is a non-partisan non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization providing free constitutions and programs to 8th grade educators to celebrate Constitution Day, September 17. This upcoming September 17 will mark the 232th anniversary of the signing of our U.S. Constitution. The 917 Society welcomes all who support and uphold the Constitution to participate. You may contribute to or volunteer for The 917 Society by visiting www.917society.com<http://www.917society.com> or visit us at www.givingmatters.org<http://www.givingmatters.org>.