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The Declaration of Independence was signed two-hundred-and-forty-one years ago, making the USA an independent nation. An August event takes a deeper dive into that document and the laws of the land.

If you really want to understand what our nation’s forefathers had in mind when they got together to create the United States of America, an upcoming summer camp could be for you. Kentwood Public Schools and the Michigan Center for Civic Education are teaming up to offering a free summer workshop in August.

The focus will be on civic learning, current events and the Constitution. The camp will be held at the East Kentwood Freshman Campus August sixth through eighth. The workshop is open to students entering fifth through 12th grades from Kentwood schools and beyond.

Teachers and community members are also encouraged to attend, with State Continuing Education Clock Hours available for teachers as well as resources for classroom teaching. Students and staff will be given an overview of essential skills in civic education, including a mock trial, Constitutional knowledge, research, speaking, public policy, and advocacy.

Students will delve deeper into one area of study and experience it firsthand, and will have an opportunity to work with mentors.

The camp will culminate in a showcase of solutions to student-identified issues.

Students and teachers can sign up online, or by calling 248-321-4842. Registration deadline is August first.

Joy Walczak reporting for School News Network.