Libby Liberty visits Gadsden City students


Photo: Libby Liberty, a Liberty Learning character, leads Gadsden City Schools second-graders in song. (Courtesy of Liberty Learning Foundation)


On September 2, Liberty Learning Foundation character Libby Liberty performed in front of 500 Gadsden City students to help kick off their Super Citizen experience. Over the following months, students will engage in lessons of civic responsibility, financial literacy, character development and career exploration with the foundation.

Second-grade students from Gadsden City Schools cheered and counted down to the grand entrance of Libby Liberty in the Gadsden City High School Auditorium.

Wearing green paper crowns and waving tiny American flags, they celebrated the Super Citizen Program to begin after the theatrical performance.

Liberty Learning Foundation – with sponsorship by the Etowah County Community Alliance – is kicking off the program in a big way.

Not only were students watching the vivacious Statue of Liberty character bring history to life, they were also introduced to the man who would give them a “hand” with lessons back in their classrooms. As Libby wound the presentation down, she passed the screen over to Mr. Palmer, a brash and brilliant hand-character who leads students in DVD-based lessons in civics, character, financial literacy and our Great American Story.

After class photos with Libby, students and teachers returned to classrooms energized to learn crucial, all-American lessons. They also began the process of nominating “Helping Hands Heroes,” to be honored at their graduation celebration at the completion of this year’s program.

The foundation provides local students with these opportunities thanks to the following donors: Etowah County Community Development Committee – District 28, Etowah County Community Development Committee – District 29, Vulcan Materials, The Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah County, Buffalo Rock, City of Gadsden, Alabama Department of Education, AlaTrade Foods, Alfa, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Malone Family Foundation, Regions Bank and Screentech.

Feel free to visit or reach out to your Regional Development Director for additional information and insights on what Liberty Learning Foundation is doing in local schools.

Submitted by Angie Sparks (

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