Tennessee schools post 'In God We Trust' motto in compliance with new law

Image provided by Hamilton County Schools.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) —Last year, Tennessee lawmakers passed a law that requires the national motto, "In God We Trust," displayed prominently in all public schools.

With the new school year underway, local schools are now complying with the law.

Hamilton County Schools spokesman Tim Hensley shared what each school in the county will receive.

The image features an American flag on the left, a silhouette of the Statue of Liberty superimposed over the U.S. Constitution, and in the background is the back of a $1 bill, with the words "In God We Trust" appearing over the word "ONE."

"We wanted to give the motto some context within a patriotic theme and showing a way the country uses the motto," Hensley told NewsChannel 9.

Hensley says the image was developed by the Communications Department for Hamilton County Schools. The print is 8" x 10," and will be placed in a 11" x 14" display frame.

Hensley says the display is to be placed in a public area of the school. It will be displayed in a hallway, commons area or public area of the school’s main office. He says if an individual school wants to make their own version of the state-compliant sign, including an image created by students, they can use that instead.

He says the frames have now arrived and that he hopes to have all of the images delivered to each school in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile Melanie Miller, Director of Athens City Schools, tells NewsChannel 9 her school system also created a uniform image to be displayed in all 5 schools in the system.

We have also reached out to other Tennessee school systems in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area, to ask for the images they plan to use. This story will be updated as we receive replies from those school systems.

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