It's Liberty Day in Wyoming! If they could, these fifth graders might make a bid for Wyoming's House Seat.

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — If you were a fifth grader, you might wonder about the age requirement to run for the United States House of Representatives. "You have to be 25, right? ... You have to be really old, huh?" The students in Mrs. Duran's fifth grade classroom at Coffeen Elementary asked Jeff Gonda, an attorney with Lonabaugh and Riggs, LLP, of Sheridan. "That is one of the greatest things about the United States," Gonda said. "You can register and run for office—well, you guys can't quite do it yet, but I can tell you are getting ready." It is Liberty Day in Wyoming, and the Wyoming State Bar and Equal Justice Wyoming Foundation have facilitated lawyers' visits from across Wyoming in nearly every fifth-grade classroom in the state. [image: Inline image 8] *Pitchengine Communities photo* Gonda told the students at Coffeen that the Constitution is like our nation's rule book. It helps us function as a society, much like rules help a soccer team during a game. "It helps us understand the difference between right and wrong. Most of us know the difference, but the Constitution is our rule book," Gonda said. Before the Revolutionary War, all decisions were made by the King, but the founding fathers did not like that. "The founding fathers created our three branches of government so no one person would have all the power," Gonda explained. Founded in 1996, the Liberty Day Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which spans the nation and is dedicated to educating all Americans, but especially students, about the contents of the Constitution of the United States of America. Among the lawyers participating in the program today across the state are Supreme Court Justice William U. Hill, U.S. District Court Chief Magistrate Kelly H. Rankin, Wyoming Attorney General Peter K. Michael and local state court judges. [image: Inline image 1] *Pitchengine Communities photo* [image: Inline image 3] *Pitchengine Communities photo* [image: Inline image 5] *Pitchengine Communities photo* [image: Inline image 6] *Pitchengine Communities photo* #dally #news