HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The first day of school is just around the corner, but we’re not talking about algebra and geometry. Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville is getting ready to teach a free class for people preparing to take the biggest test of all, the American citizenship test.
The citizenship class is offered along with classes for people learning English as a second language. The course runs on the same schedule as Huntsville City Schools. When kids head back to school this fall, immigrants looking to pass their citizenship test will hit the books too.
“First question is number one, what is the supreme law of the land?” asked Becky Harchanko. The answer is the Constitution.
“Who is your state senator, name some of the justices on the Supreme Court, those are things you’ll learn,” said Harchanko. “You’ll be a much more informed citizen when you become a new citizen than many of us who’ve lived here all of our lives.”
The citizenship class teaches students how to take the test and what will be on it. If you’re willing to learn, the volunteer instructors are willing to teach.
“Anyone who is eligible for citizenship based on residence, that’s the length of the time you’ve been here, and if you have the correct paperwork,” said Harchanko. “We want to help anybody who wants to become an American citizen.”
The classes are held on Wednesdays at Weatherly Heights Baptist. Church leaders told WHNT News 19 that they feel it’s a ministry for the community.
“It’s a little out of the box,” said minister Patrick Streeter. “We’re not sitting down and having Bible study and opening up the Bible and reading scripture. We’re doing something that’s important for living.”
It’s a melting pot of people from different backgrounds and different walks of life. However, all of the students have one common desire: to grow, to learn, and to pass.
“Most of the people I know who get their American citizenship get an American flag and put it out in their yard,” said Harchanko.
Additional information and registration is available by calling Harchanko, the class coordinator, at (256) 656-3173. The first class will be held on August 6th.
These questions are adaptations of those listed on USCIS.gov, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.