The Mesquite Tea Party rewarded two local fifth-graders, Jonathan Hurlay and Acacia Rodriguez, bicycles for their papers on the U.S. Constitution. Both children read their paper to the group of parents and kids who gathered at Mesquite City Hall on Sept. 18.
Hurlay said the Constitution is a needed document and necessary for America to keep its freedom. Rodriguez commented on how important the first amendment is because it protects Freedom of Speech. She also spoke about her enthusiasm for how many more opportunities women have today than they had in the 1700s.
Mesquite Tea Party chairman Rick Crain said this is the first year the group has given away the bikes, but he hopes to make it an annual event.
Even though Sept. 17 was the day the Constitution was signed, they planned to do the giveaway on Sept. 18 because it gave the students a chance to get the paper turned in to the school.
Crain was happy to see the children win the bikes. “It’s awesome to see the kids participating. There were a total of eight kids who participated.”
After the event closed, Hurlay and Rodriguez strapped on their bike helmets and rode their new bicycles on the sidewalk.