Judge Marjorie Rendell gives students valuable lesson on Constitution Day

Former Pa. first lady taught special lesson on civic engagement

Justin Udo
September 17, 2018 - 3:37 pm
Judge Marjorie Rendell with students at E. M. Stanton Elementary School

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Monday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day, when education about the supreme law of the United States takes center stage. A former Pennsylvania first lady is working with young Philadelphians to help them better understand their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Judge Marjorie Rendell stepped from behind the bench to the front of the classroom to teach a special lesson on civic engagement to students at E. M. Stanton Elementary School in South Philadelphia.

"The earlier we can tell them to think for themselves and to express their view and be engaged, the better it will be ultimately for the democracy," Rendell said.

During her lesson, Rendell talked to students about the Constitution and ways they can express their voices.

"They're thinking about things that affect their neighborhood, their family, their community," she said.

Fourth-grader Collin Ryan said she will not soon forget her time with Rendell.

"I learned about my rights, and how I can use them," Collin said.

Aazjee Jennings said the judge talking about women's rights is something that sparked her interest.

"As a young woman, I have to fight for women's rights, or nobody else will," she said.

As part of the event, Rendell also taught the students the preamble of the Constitution and had them recite it several times.