During the month of December, McKinley Elementary School is focusing on Citizenship. Some of the events in the world over the last couple of years have brought to the forefront the notion of citizenship and patriotism in the hearts of many Americans. We as educators hope to take advantage of this opportunity and make the concept of Citizenship  active and alive in our children and ourselves.

Within ourselves we must search to find the spirit and determination to be the best we can, knowing that in doing so, we benefit the whole of our communities and country. We hope this information is helpful to you so that you may understand what your child is learning at school and to reinforce and continue the learning process at home.

What Does It Mean to Be a Good Citizen?Top of Page

  1. Good citizens do their share to help their families and communities to be better.

  2. They are good neighbors.

  3. They obey rules, laws, cooperate with others.

  4. They respect parents, teachers, and others in authority.

  5. They protect the environment.

  6. Stay informed about important issues and vote.

  7. They are responsible for themselves.

  8. They demonstrate good sportsmanship.

  9. They have a positive attitude.

Key IdeasTop of Page

Do your share: 
  • Be a good neighbor and a good citizen.
  • Contribute to the common good.
  • Volunteer to make things cleaner, safer, and better for all.
  • Protect the environment by conserving resources, reducing pollution and cleaning up after yourself.
  • Speak up to make things better; don’t just complain.
  • Vote.
  • Report wrongdoings.
  • Respect authority and the law: Play by the rules even when it is disadvantageous to do so.
  • Be cooperative.
  • Follow the laws.
  • Obey parents and teachers.
  • Take time to learn about how the government works.
  • Respect all people, animals, plants, and property.

QuotesTop of Page

  • “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
    - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  • “The most important political office is that of private citizen.”
    - Louis Brandeis

  • “When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.”
    - Eleanor Roosevelt