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Buckingham fifth-graders take Citizenship Challenge


Former Gov. Ed Rendell and Judge Marjorie Rendell offer a challenge to fourth- and fifth-graders in five Philadelphia area counties.

Buckingham Elementary School Linda Raitt’s fifth-grade class competed in a Citizenship Challenge offered by the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement in December 2018.

Students wrote an essay answering a question about their views on the First Amendment and earned a spot in the top 12 schools out of over 200 schools. Students then competed in a televised live performance at the National Constitution Center and answered a series of Constitutional questions posed by the judges earning a second-place overall finish.

For their second place, the students earned $500 toward a field trip to the Harrisburg Capitol and Pennsylvania State Museum and a classroom civics library.

With the $500 check, students in Raitt’s class traveled to the State Capitol and State Museum to further their civics education. State Sen. Steve Santarsiero greeted and congratulated the students on their trip to the Capitol taking time to give students a tour of the Senate floor, Capitol Building and answer their questions.

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