April 14, 2010
CONTACT INFORMATION: Terri McCoy, 465-2564
Secretary McCulloch Joins Rotary Club of Helena to Present
State Constitution to Helena Public School District
HELENA – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch joined the Rotary Club of Helena to present free copies of the Constitution of the State of Montana to the Helena Public School District.
“Knowing how our government works and how our government impacts the people of this great state is the first step to becoming an engaged and active citizen,” McCulloch said. “It all starts with reading and understanding the Constitution of the State of Montana.”
The Rotary Club of Helena has a tradition of gifting 4th grade elementary students with dictionaries. Secretary McCulloch regularly participated in the project as Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Because another service club has a similar program, this year the Rotary Board of Directors decided to provide high school seniors in government classes with a copy of the Montana Constitution.
“It's a privilege for us to present these students with a hard copy of perhaps the most advanced constitution in the country,” said Board President Pete Johnson. “Our members are glad to expend resources to fulfill this special civic purpose, and we thank Secretary McCulloch and her staff for providing the service that enabled this opportunity.”
The current Constitution of the State of Montana was adopted in 1972. It is the state’s primary legal document, defining and protecting both the powers of the three branches of state government and the personal rights associated with citizenship.
Secretary McCulloch continued the time-honored tradition of publishing the document to increase civic awareness and engagement in government.
“Our state Constitution is a historical treasure,” McCulloch said. “It’s great to know students will be flipping through the pages and discussing civil liberties with their peers.”
The presentation ceremony was held at the Montana Club in Helena. Teachers and students from Capitol High and Helena High were in attendance.