Knoxville — Rep. Greg Heartsill is traveling around House District 28 in the month of September to discuss the United States Constitution with area students.
Heartsill spoke to fifth grade students at Northstar Elementary in Knoxville on Wednesday. While students know July 4 is Independence Day, Heartsill believes students are not as familiar with Constitution Day on Sept. 17.
Depending upon the age group he is addressing, Heartsill discusses the framework of the government which the Constitution provides, with an emphasis on why it is good for the nation to be a Constitutional representative republic.
For example, he demonstrated the need for the federal government to follow the rules of the Constitution by using the board game Sorry. Students quickly recognized it when Heartsill broke the rules of the game.
The teachable moment this created helped him explain checks and balances, and how the three branches of government, as well as we the people, are supposed to monitor the activities of government to keep them in line with the Constitution.
Heartsill also covers state government and how bills become law. Of the students at Northstar, Heartsill said, "The fifth grade students were a great group of kids to visit with. They had a good general understanding of our government and asked a lot of specific questions about why government does the things that it does."
He is scheduled to speak to government classes at PCM on Friday.