River Ridge Academy principal Brian Ryman and middle school students give a thumbs up for their Freedom Shrine.

Students at River Ridge Academy have been gifted a Freedom Shrine, featuring framed copies of historic American documents, thanks to the River Ridge Academy Foundation, school families and businesses.

The shrine, developed by the National Exchange Club, will put before Raider students proof that the freedom and greatness they enjoy today were not purchased easily and will remind them that these gifts must be cherished and protected.

Painstakingly researched to guarantee absolute authenticity, the 28 historical American documents that compose the Freedom Shrine were carefully chosen to exemplify the beginnings of our nation and those subsequent turning points of importance which shaped our national character and eminence.

The documents of the Freedom Shrine, although culled from the past, represent foundation stones which permit the present, as we know it, to exist and the future, as we dream it, to be attainable.