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3:16 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Students Get A Civics Lesson On Constitution Day

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Politics was in the air at the University of Kentucky’s Cats Den Monday as students, along with a class of sixth-graders, gathered for Constitution Day.

"I have been honored to serve the country for four years..." said Leighann Shifflet, a sixth-grader from Christ the King Middle School.


Her classmate Christina Monge later added, "My promise to you is help you and your family."


The two were acting out the parts of President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a brief mock debate. It's all part of an annual program meant to get kids involved in the process early.


"We really just try to impart some civic education on the great day," says Buck Ryan, head of UK's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center.


Outside the Cat’s Den, a voter registration table was set up. Volunteer Clayton Brown estimates that about 500 people have registered at the spot over the past two weeks.


"There's a lot of people that feel that this is a very important election, but at the same time there has been some apathy and some people who are changing their registrations party-wise," he says.


The kids’ day ended with a race – that is, an actual relay race – to decide the next president. The result? Two words no politician wants to hear: a tie.