What is Constitution Day?
In 1952 President Truman signed a bill that changed “I Am an American” Day to Citizenship Day and moved it from May to September. In 1956 it was re-named Constitution Day to coincide with the signing of the Constitution. In 2005 it was amended as a holiday to celebrate citizenship and to honor the creation and signing of the law. It was then made into a public law. In accordance with Public Law 108-477, which requires all schools who receive Federal Funds to hold an educational program for their students. My 7th grade students are participating in many activities over the next three days to help them learn about and understand our Nation's Constitution. I am using the following resources:
If you have some time to sit down with your child this week, take a moment to ask them their opinion on our Constitution. I think you will feel as I have: amazed by their insights, thoughts, and discussions. Your child will hopefully be able to discuss with you the differences between governments in the Eastern Hemisphere, as well as share their thoughts on how/why our nation has survived for 224 years, despite the good, the bad, and the ugly times.
As our current Government fights through some tough decisions for our Nation, I am hopeful and inspired by our young citizens. I hope you are, too!