Depending on their grade level, students created either artwork or written work on 8 ½ by 11-inch paper. Students had to follow certain themes, Sharon Willson, regent of Midewin Prairie Chapter, said.
Students in kindergarten through second grade drew pictures of the American flag and explained what the flag meant to them.
Each third grader student selected a U.S. state and explained why he/she wished to live there.
Fourth, fifth and six grade students wrote on this topic: If you could be someone from U.S history, whom would you choose and why.
Students in seventh through 12th grades wrote an amendment they thought should be added the U.S. Constitution.
“Each of the grade levels had something they contributed that was appropriate for their age, Willson said.
In all, 35 schools (home-schools were invited, too) and 400 students participated, Erhardt said. The project took about six months to complete, she added.
Barbara Webster, regent for the Isle a La Cache Chapter, said her chapter helped solicit the artwork and essays from the schools.
Doing so during a pandemic was challenging, but she said the chapters are full of hardworking women who helped make it happen.
“We wanted to be part of history,” Webster said.