“We the People” (of Montrose School): Celebrating the Constitution


Gabby Landry '18, Editor-in-Chief

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…

People across the nation have been celebrating National Constitution Day, September 17th, for years; in 2004 and 2005, however, this day became mandated for recognition and celebration in public schools.  On September 17th, 1789, the Founding Fathers signed the US Constitution, creating the structure, government, rules, and rights of the United States of America.  This document, of course, has been the basis of our country ever since.

On Friday, September 16th, students and faculty celebrated the Constitution here at Montrose.  Upper School history teacher Mrs. Forsgard worked with Student Government to make the day a success.  Prior to Friday, she said: “I think it’s so important to celebrate the Constitution.  It protects so many of the rights we take advantage of.  And if you don’t know your rights, you lose them.”  

During the day, everyone received her own pocket Constitution to keep- and read!  Additional festivities included a Red and White competition.  Girls received puzzle pieces cut from a large copy of the Constitution.  Each piece had a question about the Constitution, and students had to re-create the full document on tables by the Upper School lockers by finding the answer to the piece’s question. 

Students buzzed with excitement throughout the day, eager to complete their respective team’s puzzle before the other team.  Many loved the activity, saying, “This was such a great idea!” and “We should do this every year!”

International students also enjoyed the competition.  One sophomore from China said, “I love American history!  It was fun to put the Constitution together.”

Students loved celebrating Constitution Day with this friendly competition.  We hope that this will continue to be a Montrose tradition for years to come.