Last week, the Manchester Journal offered two contrasting interpretations of how our Constitution continues to resonate and inform our lives as Americans. I was struck by the responsibility we all have as U.S. citizens to understand this seminal document and all that it offers us.
Area composer Sandy Wilbur has made the Preamble to the Constitution come alive in her wonderful educational music video project, We the People (2011).
I was introduced to it as a parent at Maple Street School. It is an imaginative, informative and infectious way for our youngest citizens to learn about our country's history and the U.S. Government's role in it.
It opened the 2012 Vermont Legislative Session last January in Montpelier to a standing ovation and has received over 37,000 YouTube hits. Check it out at http://www. wethepeoplethesong.com/HOME.html - it is fantastic.
In addition to the general public, it is available to schools and organizations and comes with a variety of teaching resources. I highly recommend a look.