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September is Constitution Month!!

2017  Constitution Day and Celebrate Freedom Week


Dates:              Constitution Day: Sunday September 17, 2017

                       Celebrate Freedom Week: September 25-29                

Goals and Objectives of this year’s Constitution Day and Celebrate Freedom Week:

  1. Promote greater awareness and understanding of our Founding Documents including the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights
  2. Encourage students to engage in critical thinking, collaborating, communicating ideas, and writing about our Founding Documents and Principles
  3. Provide an opportunity to recognize and reward students’ critical thinking skills and their ability to effectively express and communicate their ideas.
  4. Recognize the accomplishments of both schools and teachers who create a learning environment which promote students’ understanding of our Founding principles and communication skills.
  5. Coordinate with English and Social Studies Departments with the objective to incorporate the Constitution Week Contest as a compliment to and/or to align with the regular Social Studies/English curriculum and thus expand participation by teachers and students.  With the additional focus on critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity, there is a unique opportunity to apply these skills to the U.S. Constitution.  The essay contest can provide a valuable opportunity for interdisciplinary focus on this important informational document.
  6. Encourage the study of historical events which led up to the framing of the Constitution in 1787
  7. Provide at no cost to the schools, a meaningful educational experience which will meet and exceed the requirements of :
    1. Public Law 108-477, section 111 (b) “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17th of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”  Signed into Law December of 2004.
    2. Florida State Title XLVIII, 1003.421Recitation of the Declaration of Independence.—

(1)To educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was founded, the last full week of classes in September shall be recognized in public schools as Celebrate Freedom Week. Celebrate Freedom Week must include at least 3 hours of appropriate instruction in each social studies class, as determined by each school district, which instruction shall include an in-depth study of the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence.

(2)To emphasize the importance of this week, at the beginning of each school day or in homeroom, during the last full week of September, public school principals and teachers shall conduct an oral recitation by students of the following words of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

(3)Student recitation of this statement shall serve to reaffirm the American ideals of individual liberty.

(4)Upon written request by a student’s parent, the student must be excused from the recitation of the Declaration of Independence.    History.—s. 1, ch. 2002-213.

 For schools participating in this event, a beautifully framed copy of U.S. Constitution, or other Founding Document can be awarded.  This beautifully framed document demonstrates to students and visitors alike, a respect for our Founding Documents and Principles.


 Note to:  School Principals and Social Studies and English Teachers:

We will be reaching out to other schools in October this year in an attempt to seek YOUR ideas, suggestions, questions, and any additional input you may have to make the contest a more effective educational experience next year.  We are asking for permission to use the pictures and video clips of this year’s events.  Please feel free contact me.

We appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to working with you to make the 2017 Celebrate Freedom Week  the best ever.

Thank you,

Mrs. Brenda MacMenamin, Special Projects Coordinator, Convention of States University 

772-708-5239  |  

Here are websites and information on the Constitution and American History and Government:  Florida site with the Federal Law, FL statute and the governor’s proclamation.  David Barton’s website  Michael Farris’ website   Full year American Government and Economics Course   Great Article on Constitution Day This is information from Jeff Lukens Reasonably priced documents  Rush Limbaugh’s books Great books for kids!!

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society  but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.  This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”     ~ Thomas Jefferson