Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government


Giving Tuesday 2015

Good morning,

I wanted to let you know about the difference our donors’ support makes to our teachers and students. Michael Wilmoth, one of our Ashbrook Teachers in Kansas who is also in our Master of Arts in American History and Government degree program, shared with me an inspiring story.

Mr. Wilmoth believes strongly in the Ashbrook method of teaching with primary source documents to engage and inspire his high school students. Using the 50 Core American Documents bookhe asks his students to choose three documents that are most meaningful to them and write an essay about what they learned from each. For most of the students, this is the first time they have been introduced to the conversation about the meaning of freedom and self-government. It is often an eye-opening experience.

I’d like you to read what a difference this made for one of Mr. Wilmoth’s students. In his essay, Chase wrote:

“Delving into the detailed 50 Core American Documents that were so influential on our country has definitely broadened my mind to the actual meaning behind the American spirit of freedom, equality, and justice.”

I am so inspired by his words. This shows that our work is making a difference! Thanks to donations from our supporters, young people just like Chase are getting a better understanding of what it means to be an American.

And we can keep that momentum going, one student at a time. Today is Giving Tuesday, the worldwide kickoff to the charitable giving season. I hope that you will be inspired by Chase’s story and the difference teachers like Mr. Wilmoth are making on students every day. Please join me by supporting Ashbrook with a donation today. Your gift will help continue to propel our programs that teach what it means to be an American, so we can reach even more teachers and students.

I hope that you partner with me today on Giving Tuesday. Thank you for your support and interest in Ashbrook. Have a blessed holiday season.


Roger L. Beckett
Executive Director