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September 18, 2006

LYNNE CHENEY, MCCONNELL CENTER CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY 2006

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Lynne Cheney, author, scholar, and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, celebrated National Constitution Day with 150 fifth grade students from Jefferson County Public Schools in a hands-on educational event created by the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also participated in the event, held on the U of L campus.

“The Constitution is not only one of our nation’s founding documents, it is one of the most influential documents ever written. It’s essential to bring its story to the next generation,” Cheney said.

Constitution Day 2006: Telling America’s Story is Cheney’s fifth annual Constitution Day event honoring Sept. 17, 1787, the day the Constitution was signed. The inaugural event took place at the Vice President’s Residence in 2002.

“Mrs. Cheney’s efforts to enhance our national understanding of the ideals embodied in the Constitution is perfectly aligned with the McConnell Center’s commitment to civics education. We are honored to host today’s event and want to thank the organizations that have helped bring the 18th century to life for these students,” said Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center.

Hands-on interaction with colonial artifacts, activities designed to teach students about life in the 18th century and characters in period costumes who answered student questions were provided by the Frazier International History Museum, Historic Locust Grove and Sons of the American Revolution.

The non-partisan McConnell Center, founded in 1991, attracts students from around the state and grooms them for effective leadership. Its civics education series is designed to help teachers, students and members of the general public develop a strong knowledge of American history and foster creative thinking about the possibilities and problems of citizenship in the 21st century.

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