Phoenix School Children to get the Ultimate History Lesson with VIP Access to Original Copy of the Declaration of Independence

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The Pearson Foundation Declaration of Independence Tour to Showcase the Nation's Birth Certificate Friday and Saturday

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The Pearson Foundation is honored to support this historic tour and to recognize Arizona's students and teachers for their energetic participation in the National Mock Election. Their actions bring to life the values embodied in our nation's birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence.

A surviving copy of the Declaration of Independence will be in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday to help school children get the history lesson of a lifetime.

This weekend, local school children and members of the Phoenix community will get front row access to an original copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence on tour with support from Pearson, the education services and technology company.

The Pearson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Pearson, is helping host school children and local leaders, including Arizona's Secretary of State Ken Bennett, to an exclusive preview of the historical document Friday, Feb. 19 at the Arizona Capitol Museum (1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix) beginning at 5 p.m.

The proclamation of independence from the British Empire was handwritten primarily by Thomas Jefferson in 1776, and the first published copies were made at a print shop owned by John Dunlap. These rare, original copies were taken to be read across the 13 American colonies. Now, one of those copies will be on display in Arizona.

Of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Arizona's Secretary of State Ken Bennett said, "This is a fantastic opportunity for Arizonans to see up-close a piece of their nation's living history. During this time of much discussion about our nation's future, I hope people come to the Capitol to view this critical link to our founding."

Pearson Digital Learning's Senior Vice President Karl Gustafson added, "The Pearson Foundation is honored to support this historic tour and to recognize Arizona's students and teachers for their energetic participation in the National Mock Election. Their actions bring to life the values embodied in our nation's birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence."

The Pearson Foundation is, along with Declare Yourself and the National Parent/Student Mock Election, presenting the only traveling copy of the Declaration of Independence to help young Americans learn about the democratic process. In 2008, millions of students and parents participated in mock elections at their schools. The tour is recognizing top participants by bringing an original surviving copy of the Declaration of Independence to schools and communities.

The Pearson Foundation Declaration of Independence Tour is visiting six cities across the country to honor schools, which include Andrew Carnegie Middle School (Carson, CA); Curie Metropolitan High School (Chicago); the Dade County School system (FL); Austin Independent School District (TX); and the schools in the states of Arizona and New Jersey.

The Declaration will be on display free-of-charge for the general public Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Arizona Capitol Museum in Phoenix.

Then, the document travels to Tucson and will be displayed for public viewing at the Arizona History Museum (949 E. 2nd St., Tucson) on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday Feb. 22 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Declaration copy to be featured was discovered in 1989 in the back of a picture frame purchased at a flea market and was later sold to Norman Lear, founder of Declare Yourself, in 2000 for $8.1 million.

More information about the Pearson Foundation Declaration of Independence tour can be found at http://www.pearsonschool.com/live/customer_central/landingpage/doitour/index.html.

About the Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson's commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The Foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonfoundation.org.

About the Arizona Capitol Museum
The Arizona Capitol Museum brings history to life every day through exhibitions, special events and tours. More than 25 exhibits tell Arizona's story from territorial days to the present to 60,000 visitors a year. We are Arizona's museum. More information can be found at lib.az.us/museum.

Contact:
Stacy Skelly, Pearson: (800-745-8489), stacy.skelly (at) pearson (dot) com

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