In the Classroom: Celebrating Constitution Day with George Washington

Posted at 10:16 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 08:36:24-04

Recently, the Nation celebrated Constitution Day, which commemorates the formation and the signing of the US Constitution in 1787.  The Durham Museum wants that history to come alive for 3,000 area kids.


“When you have a worthy goal, never give up,” said Carl Closs, a historical biographer.


It’s not every day George Washington comes to your school. 


“My sister is going to go home and be like, mom I met George Washington,” said Christ the King 8th Grader Amelia Erftmier.

Carl Closs, a historical biographer hired by the Durham Museum, as part of their “Scholars in Residence Program” made a stop at Christ the King Catholic School in celebration of Constitution Day. 


“When I saw him I smiled and he was actually dressed up and stuff and we are actually learning some stuff,” said Erftmier.


No matter second grade, “I didn’t know he didn’t live in the White House,” said Sophia Modra.


Or eighth, “I really didn’t know that he didn’t want to be president, I was surprised by that,” said Erftmier.


Every student seemed to walk away with new knowledge and that is exactly why Closs says he does what he does.


“Like Washington himself, I have concern for my country,” said Closs.


The former educator and business executive says he spends his retirement traveling the country because he is concerned about the lack of knowledge about what our country’s founding principles are.  He thinks it is important to instill George Washington’s values in children at a young age. 


“Because showing respect for even those you don’t respect will improve who you are.  That is what I am looking to teach,” said Closs.