Las Vegas (PRWEB) September 15, 2009
The education services and technology company Pearson is sponsoring a three-day viewing of one of the few remaining copies of the Declaration of Independence for Clark County School children and the public at the Henderson Convention Center, beginning today and continuing through Constitution Day, September 17. During student visiting hours from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day, Las Vegas children will view one of only 25 known copies of the Declaration printed on July 4, 1776, and the only one that tours.
To honor local social studies teachers and community and state leaders, Clark County's Superintendent Dr. Walt Rulffes will attend Pearson's opening ceremony today at 4:30 p.m.
"Having the Declaration of Independence here in Las Vegas, more than 200 years after its creation, will provide our students with a tremendous learning opportunity to view a document of historical significance," said Rulffes. "During the next three days, we estimate about 1,600 students and teachers will have the opportunity to view the exhibit and be inspired by everything it stands for including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and its unparalleled impact on the entire world." I would encourage our students to view the document, research its origins and the history of those who created and signed it."
Of this historic opportunity for local school children, Pearson's Vice President of the Mountain Region Leonor Sebastia, said, "Seeing the Declaration of Independence firsthand enables Las Vegas students to engage in a unique and exciting way with a piece of history that is the foundation of our nation, helping to build their community and civic awareness. Pearson believes that by bringing this document to students and to the community, we can help education come alive for children as they learn about the history of our country."
Pearson also is sponsoring an open public viewing of the Declaration for the community on September 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
"Thanks to Pearson, our community is being offered an amazing opportunity to see our nation's birth certificate in person. Only a small percentage of our nation's population will ever have the chance to see the copy kept in Washington, D.C., so it is an honor to have it here in Las Vegas," said Marilyn Dondero Loop, Pearson's representative in Las Vegas and former Clark County teacher.
The Declaration of Independence brought to Las Vegas by Pearson, in conjunction with the non-profit youth voter registration organization Declare Yourself, has a unique history. On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson completed the final draft of the Declaration of Independence and rushed it to the local print shop of John Dunlap in Philadelphia. Dunlap printed an estimated 200 copies on large poster size sheets of paper called broadsides, which were immediately sent to the colonies and King George to officially declare America as independent from England.
In 1989, a flea market shopper purchased a frame he admired for $4.00. Later, he removed a piece of paper wedged between the frame and the painting and discovered what would soon be authenticated by the Getty Museum as the 25th remaining copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Declare Yourself founder Norman Lear and his wife Lyn purchased the copy in 2000 for $8.1 million, with the goal of bringing "the people's document" directly to the American people. The document remains as the only touring copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for pre-K through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Longman, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, visit http://www.pearson.com.
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