Peoria Public School 8th grade students from six schools watched this week as 685 people from 80 countries became United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Bradley University's Renaissance Center.
Prior to the ceremony the students spent about two hours discussing the Constitution with U.S. Chief District Judge James E. Shadid and Bradley University LaHood Scholars. Shadid pointed out that the words, "in oder to form a more perfect union," implies that there is still work to be done. In a discussion of freedom of speech, the judge pointed out that listening is a crucial component of the right.
As preparation for the required eighth-grade U.S. Constitution exam, every Peoria Public School eighth-grader wrote a letter welcoming one of the new citizens. Thirteen students were chosen from each school to attend the ceremony.
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