Hartselle Intermediate School fifth-graders celebrate being Super Citizens during their in-school program last week.

Hartselle Intermediate School hosts Super Citizen Program

Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

Hartselle City Schools began partnering with Liberty’s Legacy to implement a Super Citizen
Program in all the fifth-grade classrooms in 2012, began a tradition that continues today.
According to Liberty’s Legacy, the organization makes learning history, civics, character,
financial literacy and career readiness exciting – and local students and teachers agree.
“Our immersive learning experiences teach students to become responsible, outstanding
citizens,” The Liberty promise states. “At Liberty’s Legacy, we are committed to ‘Passing the
Torch to the Next Generation.’”
Fifth-grade teacher Jonathan Bragwell said the program started in the Hartselle area when
Liberty’s Legacy made contact with the former Hartselle City Schools Superintendent Dr. Nancy
Horton.
“We started implementing the program in fifth grade at all elementary schools in 2012, then
when we moved fifth grade to Hartselle Intermediate in 2013, we implemented the program in all
the fifth-grade social studies classes,” Bragwell said. “A second-grade program was added at
the elementary schools a couple of years ago.
“The organization is based here in Alabama. It’s a great program to use in our social studies
classes.”
All fifth-graders who participated in the program were honored with a certificate, T-shirt, Statue
of Liberty headpiece and a slideshow of photos at the end of the program.
Each of the fifth-graders were asked to write about a hero in their lives. The winning writer
selected from among Bragwell’s students was Amos Neal.
Amos’ mother explained the story behind her son’s choice in heroes.
“His ex-stepdad has abused him; he overcame it and is doing very well for himself,” she said.
“His bowels had ruptured when he was 5, which was five years ago. This was due to ongoing
abuse. We rushed him to the hospital, and Dr. Deepak Katyal saved his life. That’s why he is
Amos’ hero.”
Amos said Katyal was the first person he thought of when asked to think of a hero “because he
saved my life,” Amos said. “He played a big role when I was little. I couldn’t think of a better
person than him as a hero. I think me having that happen to me helped make me strong and
also will maybe help other kids when they have problems too.”
Ten-year- old Amos is a thriving student and young athlete and said he wants to either go into
the military or become a scientist.
For more information about the Super Citizen Program or Liberty’s Legacy, visit
libertyslegacy.com.

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