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Registration for liberty school underway

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Registration is underway for Tampa Liberty School, an inexpensive week-long session designed to educate children ages 8 to 12 about the nation's founding principles. Sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 5-9, in Carrollwood and Brandon.

This is the third summer for Tampa Liberty School, said its director, Jeff Lukens of Valrico. "We talk about the founding, the history of the United States and we talk about things they probably don't hear in public schools; that our rights come from God, not from government," he said.

"We start off with a prayer and pledge each day and we talk lot about God and his provenances and blessings over the land," he said of the faith-based curriculum. "But we talk about the history of what actually happened," from rising tensions with Britain, America's Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the Constitution. "Those are historical facts and we cover all that," Lukens said.

"We try to make serious points, but we have lots of fun at the same time. We've refined our process over time and think we have a pretty good program," Lukens said. "The response has been fabulous with the kids and with parents, too."

Classes are capped at 45 students each, and there is still room, and time, to enroll for classes at Carrollwood First Presbyterian Church or Bell Shoals Baptist Church, he said. The cost is $20 per student.

To register, visit tampalibertyschool.com.

gwilkens@tampattib.com (813) 259-7124

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