EAST HELENA, Mont. — Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen visited students and staff at East Helena Public Schools this week. Secretary Jacobsen met with multiple classes and delivered United States and Montana Constitutions to students.
Secretary Jacobsen explained the roles of the Secretary of State’s Office to the students, discussing the significance of registering to vote and the process for registering a business in Montana. She also reminded students and staff of the Secretary of State’s U.S. Constitution Contest, which is open to all Montana students in grades K-12, and discussed the Montana Youth Vote Program, which allows students across Montana to practice voting and learn more about the process during election years.
“Thank you to the excellent students and wonderful staff in East Helena for the honor of visiting this week,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “The students were eager to learn more about their state government, and I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss our Constitution Contest. I look forward to seeing their creativity.”
“Thank you to the teachers and staff in East Helena – Mr. Somerfeld, Ms. Rubio-Pratt, Ms. Morris, Mr. Gergen, Mr. Bender, and Mr. Kessler – for the great work educating our youth about the importance of civics in Montana,” Secretary Jacobsen continued.
Students were encouraged to ask the Secretary questions about her role, the responsibilities of the office, and how she became Montana’s Secretary of State. They also read aloud the Preamble to the United States Constitution.
Secretary Jacobsen announced the topic for this year’s contest on Monday, September 18, during a Constitution Day celebration in the rotunda of the State Capitol. “One of the greatest joys is hearing (students) recite the Preamble to our United States Constitution,” she said, “and it’s through those words I’m proud to present the third annual Montana Secretary of State’s U.S. Constitution Contest ‘Which Promises of the U.S. Preamble Means the Most to Me and Why?'”