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News 12 First at Five - September 17, 2007

Augusta, Ga. - September 17th was a national holiday and many people didn't even realize it.

It was Constitution Day--and students at Augusta State University were celebrating.

Each student in Peter Flanagan's Political Science classes took turns reading a part of the U.S. Constitution. It took about an hour to read aloud from beginning to end.

"It was really cool me standing there reading it...It was really cool and really fun for us to actually understand the meaning of it," said Freshman Jessica Hancock.

By law--teachers are supposed to teach students about the Constitution on the national holiday.

Tyler Werrick, a sophomore, says that didn't happen for him and he'd never heard of Constitution Day until enrolling in Professor Flanagan's class.

"It's something we didn't get to experience in high school or history classes," said Werrick.

Werrick's not alone. According to a study, it's the least popular holiday.

Flanagan says he tries to make learning the law--fun.

"Make it not so much a document you read--but more of a living type of document that you live and use in your day-to-day life," said Flanagan.

Faculty and staff handed out pocket-sized Constitutions and red,white and blue ribbons to each student.

"Now that I know about the holiday, I'll never forget it and I'll never forget what it stands for," said Werrick.

The U.S. Constitution also has a direct CSRA connection.

William Few was one of the signers of the document. He was a former Georgia Senator. A parkway is named after him in Columbia County and he's buried in Augusta.

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