Rain and constitutional potpourri

Published 10:31 pm Thursday, October 1, 2015

By the time we see the sun again on Tuesday, it will be time to dry out, towel off and hope we don’t experience this kind of weather again anytime soon — like next weekend.

This week has been punishing enough without Hurricane Joaquin, and as I write this, it’s still too early to tell just how bad it will be in Suffolk. But it’s probably safe to say that folks at Suffolk Peanut Fest are hoping they can pray the storm away.

While all the 10-day forecasts I’ve looked at show little to no rain next weekend, it will be helpful to festival organizers and attendees if the entire place weren’t a giant mud puddle like it was two years ago. Festival organizers did the best they could with straw on the ground and relocation of certain events at the festival, but it still wasn’t pretty.

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And that was after only a couple of days of thunderstorms, not two weeks of ceaseless rain with a hurricane on top of that.

Festivalgoers enjoyed beautiful weather last year. We’re all hoping that streak gets extended to multiple years this year.

A group of third-graders at Booker T. Washington Elementary School recently created their own constitution to learn more about the better-known Constitution, the one that governs our nation.

At an assembly, students learned about the creation of the historic document and why it is important to America. The students worked in groups to decide upon the content of their constitution. They promised to show respect to others, treat others with kindness, follow their teachers’ directions, raise their hands at the appropriate times and make smart choices.

They then lined up to sign their names at the bottom of the document. Teachers and Principal David Reitz said there has been a noticeable improvement in the students’ general behavior now that they have signed an official-looking document promising to do what they said they would do. Perhaps they envision the president himself meting out punishment to unruly kids if they attract too much of their teachers’ attention.

The document is hanging in the third-grade hallway at Booker T. Washington to remind the students of their promises.

We applaud the third-grade teaching staff at Booker T. Washington Elementary School for a creative learning experience that helped improve students’ behavior at the same time.