Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

The Declaration of Independence is the quintessential American document and the reason for celebrating this time of year.

Think outside the box when it comes to celebrating America’s independence this July 4.

The Fourth of July involves lots of pageantry. The celebrations are big, the decorations are vibrant and the enthusiasm is through the roof. It’s also a good time to teach the kiddos that it’s about more than just cool fireworks, watermelon and barbecues.

Whether you have small children who won’t enjoy the fireworks display or older ones counting down to dusk, take the opportunity to teach new facts about this special, all-American holiday.

To help educate your children on our country’s history, teach them about who signed the Declaration, why and some important facts about the holiday.

One of my favorite facts in particular is that our Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence and established a society where being a citizen means a person has a voice in the government. This is a gift often not valued until it is taken away.

Whether you’re having a cookout, barbecue or even a fancy Independence Day shindig, keep the kids involved. Our future depends on them.

Summer activities at library

A few activities are happening Friday at Audubon Regional Library’s St. Helena Branch, 53 South Main St., Suite A, Greensburg:

A library scavenger hunt at 11 a.m.

The “Fun With Flipagram” activity at 1 p.m.

For information on the library, visit audubonregional.org, find it on Facebook at facebook.com/audubonregional or call (225)-222-4328.

Vacation Bible school set

Lazard Temple Church of God in Christ in Greensburg is holding its Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 6-10 at the church, La. 43, Greensburg.

For information, contact Tonya Jackson at (225) 222-3607 or Valerie Foreman at (903) 363-8021.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email swarren@theadvocate.com.