To celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day this year, federal courts around the country organized student participation at nearly 50 naturalization ceremonies in September. Students of all ages attended these living lessons on citizenship and sang the national anthem, led the Pledge of Allegiance, or read aloud poems and letters of welcome. One eighth grader wrote: “Your simple presence on this soil only adds to our wealth of diversity. You, as every human does, deserve to pursue your own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.” Courts from Hawaii to New Hampshire and from Illinois to Texas involved their communities and local schools – from elementary grades to graduating law school classes. By inviting the students to take part in the ceremonies, the courts aimed to give them a better understanding of the process of becoming a citizen.