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Citizenship classes offered

September 25, 1997

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A class on citizenship will be taught in the Waynesboro area beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Legal immigrants who have lived in the United States at least five years, or are married to and have lived with an American citizen for three years, are eligible to apply for citizenship. Anyone interested in applying must be 18 years or older and should be able to read and write English at a basic level. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is urging eligible immigrants to become citizens.

The class will be conducted by Phil Stapleton, a volunteer tutor for the Franklin County Literacy Council. There will be a minimal charge for materials. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. for three weeks. All students will get individual attention.

Students will learn about the origin and history of the United States flag and its meaning. The history of the early American 13 colonies, the Revolutionary War, the writing of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Amendments to the Constitution will be taught. Students will also learn about the federal and state governments, Congress, the House of Representatives and Senate, the Executive Branch, the president, Cabinets and the Supreme Court.

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Students will get help obtaining legal papers, filling out forms, and receive information about taking the citizenship test.

To register for the class or for more information, call the Franklin County Literacy Council at 1-717-267-2212.

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