From the Harford County Republican Women:
Putting the spotlight on the Constitution is the motivation behind the Harford County Republican Women’s Club (HCRW) launch of an annual Constitution Day challenge for the county’s students. In 2004, Congress passed a law requiring any institution receiving federal dollars to provide educational programming on the history of the Constitution on September 17 of each year.
“September 17th is significant because it was on September 17, 1787 that the Constitutional Congress signed the Constitution,” says Paula Mullis, HCRW president. “Our club understands the importance of this unique document and our decision to launch this Constitution Day contest is an effort to encourage students of every age to study the Constitution and to share it with others.”
Public, private and home-schooling students from throughout Harford County are all encouraged to participate. $1,500 in prizes will be shared among the winners chosen in the elementary, middle and high school categories.
“Harford County has encouraged students to study the history of this country through its’ long-standing Patriot Program. The HCRW’s focus on students and Constitution Day is an effort to support that education and to help students cement their understanding of their role as a citizen,” Mullis adds.
“We understand that a thorough understanding of our nation’s history and our Constitution is vital to the health of our country and this club is undertaking this responsibility to ensure the future health of our nation,” adds HCRW Education Chair and retired teacher Pat Zavetz.
The HCRW believes students of every age grasp that the Constitution is the set of rules that we live by. The Constitution is the highest law. It belongs to the United States. It belongs to all Americans.
Elementary aged students who wish to participate will be asked create a collage that reflects what freedom means to them. Middle school students should write an essay on what has made the U.S. Constitution so enduring. Students in high schools will be required to develop a lesson plan on the Constitution that can be shared with their peers. Entry deadline is September 3, 2011. Contest requirements and details may be found at http://www.hcrw.org/ .
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