Knoxville high school students saw the legislation they drafted presented on the Senate floor in Nashville on Monday.
The Central High students are calling for a statewide character development program in all Tennessee public schools. They drafted a resolution with the help of their history teacher, who is a Vietnam veteran.
Senator Becky Duncan Massey presented the legislation. The character development program is sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. It offers life lessons about bravery, self-sacrifice, courage and citizenship.
"Tennessee is the very first state to develop to doctor resolution supporting the character development curriculum in our schools, and what better way a role model to teach our youth about character than what the Medal of Honor recipients embody," said Sen. Massey.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society will hold its 2014 convention in Knoxville this September. Organizers of that event also helped Monday's resolution happen.