PUBLISHED: 1:47 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Liberty Day Kids visit Capitol

Photo by Penny Helminger
The Alaska Capitol was visited on Liberty Day, March 16, by a group of home educated students who after studying the US Constitution and Bill of Rights met with legislators and legislative aides to quiz them on what they knew.

On that same day, kids all over the country were be going into their respective state capitols to give out free copies of the US Constitution and to quiz legislators, lobbyists, employees, visitors and guests with their factual questions from the text of the Constitution.

March 16th, 2005 is the 254th anniversary of the birth of James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," and the official Liberty Day as recognized by the Congress of the United States. Liberty Day is a non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization whose goal is to increase knowledge nationwide about our country's founding documents (and the kids do the teaching!). Volunteers are usually service club members, but are often employees of corporations that sponsor teams.

The Juneau Liberty Kids effort, sponsored by Otis Elevators, was spearheaded by Penni Helminger. In the picture, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau) enjoyed a visit from Conway Tomlinson, Nathan Helminger, Samantha Helminger, and Connie and Candace Tomlinson.