Children First: Living History

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The seventh grade class at Union Middle School sat quietly as Vice President Cheney and then President Bush were sworn in to office for a second term.

The idea was to teach the children about history with a hands-on approach, according to their instructor.

"Anything hands on makes you feel like you are part of it, rather than getting a textbook and having a teacher just quote from it to you," said Kathy Land, a teacher at Union Middle School. "And it also sticks in your memory. Hopefully, when their children are sitting in American history, they say, 'hey, I remember the day George Bush was inaugurated for the second time.' "

Also emphasized in the lesson was the ability of such a large nation, to be able to transfer power between leaders in such a peaceful manner.

"It's great. Just knowing that you don't have to kill anybody just to get into office," said seventh grader Gerry McNichols.

The right to vote is often taken for granted, especially by those in the younger age groups. But students at Union Middle School say they have a better understanding of why it is so important for them to exercise their right to vote when they reach 18.

"I definitely plan to vote," said seventh grader Bailee Viverette. "It is important because it's nice to know you have a say in the big places like Congress."