Dear Editor,

I would like to draw your attention to a federal law that specifies that all schools that receive any federal funding are required by law to have programs about the Constitution or or around Constitution Day, which is Sept 17. It also applies to all federal agencies. You will have to drill down to locate it.

This can be found at Congress.gov,  H.R. 4818 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, 108th Congress (2003-2004) 

Division J: Other Matters - Title I: Miscellaneous Provisions and Offsets 

(Sec 111) “Requires the head of each Federal agency or department to provide: (1) each new employee of the agency or department with educational and training materials concerning the U.S. Constitution as part of the orientation materials provided the new employee, and (2) educational and training materials concerning the U.S. Constitution to each of its employees on September 17 of each year.

Requires each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year to hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on September 17 of such year for its students.

Redesignate September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (currently Citizenship Day). Makes such provision without fiscal year limitation.”

Here is a link to the U.S. Dept of Education that reminds all schools that receive federal funds of this requirement. “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students”. 

https://www2.ed.gov/policy/fund/guid/constitutionday.html

ConstitutionFacts.com has several activities that young people can participate in. There is a Constitution Day Poster Design Contest that school aged students from K-12 grades could enter. The Promotional Poster & Entry Forms can be found on the constitutionday.cc website. The national sponsors are constitutionfacts.com & GIC (Government Information for Children) - ALA GODORT.

How cool would it be for our local students to participate in this fun contest! It would be a good learning tool & qualify as fulfilling our schools obligations for meeting their legally required teachings for Constitution Day. 

You may not be aware of this, but all of our local schools and our public library have been gifted with an education edition DVD called “In Search of Liberty” that presents the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10 of the U.S. Constitution) in a fun, kind of back to the future way. Some of it was filmed in & used some of the actors from the Savannah area. 

As a licensed Constitution Coach for Patriot Academy, I encourage you & everyone else to take the time to read the U.S. Constitution and if you want to learn more, feel free to reach out to me on Facebook, as I will be hosting a series of FREE classes on the Constitution in the fall.  

Yours truly,

Debbe Arwood

Folkston, Georgia