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Ashland students aim to redesign the U.S. dollar bill

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ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) -

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of this country, and that is why every student who has taken Randy Wright's civics class at Liberty Middle School for the last 22 years has memorized it.

Youtube video shows students from Liberty Middle School reciting an abridged version of the Articles and Amendments to the Constitution.

Clara Giorgis, Evan Woody, and Thuy-anh Navarro are proud to have sacrificed several months to learn it because they say it is important.

"We should know what it is that our country is built around," said Giorgis.

That is why they join their classmates, as well as Mr.Wright, in an effort to get an abridged version of the constitution printed on to one-dollar bills.

They say it won't just benefit Americans.

"Two-thirds of all U.S. currency is circulated all around the world, and so if we have this constitution on the back of one dollar bills, I feel like that would be a good thing to let other people know what we can do and what they can do in our country." said Woody.

The students are now selling t-shirts, and putting up posters to steer people to their "Liberty Bill Petition" on the White House website. They need 100,000 signatures by February 15.

"To get 100,000 signatures in 30 days is a very difficult task, but we can overcome that by getting 10,000 signatures, and I think you get noticed. And at 10,000 signatures, you have the clout to call people up and say look what these kids are doing," said Wright.

Right now, the number stands just over 780. However, Thuy-anh Navarro checks the site regularly and keeps her fingers crossed.

"I was looking at the petition that we had, and I just want more people to sign it because we need more people to sign it," said Navarro.

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