PBA President Charles Eppolito Returns to Alma Mater for Constitution Day
Students at Methacton High School in Fairview Village marked Constitution Day on September 17 with special projects and programs led by Partner Charles Eppolito, a 1988 graduate of the high school. Eppolito is the current president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), the state’s largest organized bar association.
“Part of the great voluntary work of the lawyer members of the PBA is to go into classrooms to educate students about their constitutional rights and their civic responsibilities,” said Eppolito. “It’s my honor to return to my alma mater on Constitution Day and lead a day of learning. I could not have imagined this opportunity when I walked the Methacton hallways as a student 30 years ago.”
The planned activities included a late morning classroom presentation and an afternoon auditorium presentation of “The Constitution is Everywhere,” an interactive discussion that challenges students and the educators and lawyers working with them to explore how the Constitution, a document signed by its drafters 231 years ago on September 17, 1787, still impacts every aspect of our daily lives. The students were asked about the things they do each day and the constitutional connections to each activity was highlighted. The students were then challenged to come up with any activity that is not connected in some way to the Constitution. David K. Trevaskis, the PBA’s pro bono coordinator, joined Methacton social studies teacher Anthony Maida and Eppolito in the presentation.
Earlier in the day, a number of students were videotaped answering questions about their constitutional rights. Their edited responses were incorporated into a series of videos focusing on constitutional rights and responsibilities. Eppolito has made civic education a focus of his year as PBA president and the videos are being produced under his direction.
“When completed, the videos and related lesson plans will be available for teachers to incorporate into their civics curriculum,” said Eppolito. “I’m really excited that some current students from Methacton will be included in this educational effort.”
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