Ketchikan’s American Legion post has a project with kids in mind.

The Joseph T. Craig Post 3 will be distributing U.S. Constitution Kids Packets to families with elementary age students from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, which is a Friday, at the legion’s parking lot at 631 Park Ave.

The packets include a U.S. Constitution and a Family Fun U.S. Constitution Study Guide, U.S. Flag and U.S. Flag Etiquette Guide.

This coincides with Kids Celebrate America and Constitution Day, and gives students the materials to learn about the nation’s founding and the documents that are at the United States’ foundation.

The American Legion has a fantastic idea in this project. The schools do their part in educating students in U.S. history, but it shouldn’t be up to only the school district.

The Legion is an appropriate organization to add to that education, offering the next generation an understanding of the country from its beginning and giving it the basic information required to perpetuate it for decades to come.

The experiment of a republic and the democratic form of government — despite its opportunities for improvement — is a wild success.

For it to continue as such, students need to understand from what it came. The knowledge will enlighten as to how to preserve the United States’ values and improve upon its shortcomings.

Families will want to drive by the American Legion on Sept. 17.