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Stetson Law, Pinellas Education Foundation open “Constitution Hall” for middle school students at Finance Park in Largo


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Stetson University College of Law and the Pinellas Education Foundation opened the doors to a “Constitution Hall” for Tampa Bay area middle school students at the Gus A. Stavros Institute’s Finance Park in Largo on Sept. 17.

Casey Reich, 8th grade, age 13, tests his knowledge of civics at the opening of the Constitution Hall exhibit.

Casey Reich, eighth grade, age 13, tests his knowledge of civics at the opening of the Constitution Hall exhibit.

Distinguished members of the judiciary, alumni and educational leaders gathered for the ribbon-cutting of Constitution Hall. A representative of Congressman C.W. Bill Young’s office presented a U.S. flag that flew over the nation’s capital.

The interactive Constitution Hall exhibit will teach eighth grade students about the importance of being civically active and responsible, the three branches of government, and their rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.

“We recognize that the resolve and participation of our citizens contributes to our democracy. We are delighted that Stetson is going to be part of that,” said Stetson Law Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz.

Constitution Hall was inspired by Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell and made possible through the contributions of Stetson Hall of Fame inductee Bonnie Foreman, both Stetson University graduates.

Shown L-R cutting the ribbon at Constitution Hall: Bonnie Foreman, Judge Pamela Campbell and Stetson Law Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz.

Shown L-R cutting the ribbon at Constitution Hall: Bonnie Foreman, Judge Pamela Campbell and Stetson Law Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz.

The expansion of Finance Park and Enterprise Village is made possible by donations to the Pinellas Education Foundation from local businesses.

Thousands of eighth grade students participate in an annual economic education program at Finance Park that simulates a month in the financial life of an adult.

Contact: Brandi Palmer

Stetson Law Communications Office

727-562-7381

Contact: Tamra Eitel

Pinellas Education Foundation

727-483-0003