TOPEKA, EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Tuesday marked the 232nd anniversary of the Constitution's ratification. The historic day was celebrated around the state.
Emporia State commemorated the day with Governor Laura Kelly stopping by for their annual Constitution Day presentation.
She discussed the compromises the founding fathers made while writing the constitution and why compromise is still vital to today's politics. Kelly also told students that it is important for citizens to participate in government, urging them to register to vote if they have not already done so.
About 500 middle and high school students attended ESU’s presentation.
Washburn University celebrates
The Washburn University School of Law celebrated the anniversary by having a guest speaker and pizza for its law students.
Guest speaker Bryan Fair, a professor from the University of Alabama's School of Law, wants the students to appreciate the significance of the constitution. He said it is a symbol of nationhood for the country that hasn't always been honored for everyone and reminded the future lawyers in attendance that it is their duty to ensure the constitution is upheld for everyone.
"We have special knowledge about our laws and about our constitution,” Fair said. “And we are often involved in the most important cases presented to the court and we have a duty to see that document is honored for all Americans, not just some Americans."
Kids at Whiteson Elementary learn from a special guest
Kids at Whitson Elementary in Topeka also got in on the celebration too.
They brought in Vernon Jarboe, a local attorney, to teach their fourth-graders about the Constitution.
Rather than lecturing them, he helped the kids create their own constitution. The exercise helped students learn what goes into forming a constitution and how to account for everyone in a hands-on way.