Constitution Day is September 17th!
For Constitution Day 2018, we asked you to share how you’re helping your students become better citizens in 21st Century America. We asked for them to be in a Tweet format (280 characters or less), complete with hashtags, about how you’re helping students to make their mark in their communities and learn the Constitutional principles and values. Check out the winners below and be sure to stay tuned for our 2019 contest!
First Prize Winner
Jim Coe, Humanities Teacher, Newark Academy, Livingston, New Jersey
“I encourage students to interact w/ the #Constitution & challenge their notions of its decrees. By wrestling w/ the Constitution’s intent & its status as a living document, they also wrestle w/ the role & responsibilities of a citizen & the function of each branch of government.”
Runner Up Winners
Shawna Failner, Social Studies Teacher, Uintah River High School, Fort Duchesne, Utah
“Government students are creating a survey and polling community members about the upcoming elections, and will discuss important issues with them to see what they care about and research the best candidates for their values. #Polls #StudentsAreEngaged #SmartKids #GetInvolved #LearningToBeLeaders #BetterEducation #HelpingEachOther #ItsAboutCommunity”
Kimberly Huffman, Social Studies Teacher, Wayne County High School, Smithville, Ohio
“I share the U.S. Constitution’s history, text & relevance; #DefendorAmend #neverabandon, I register voters, activate participation, and promote efficacy; #getinvolved #bethepatriot, I model appreciation, enthusiasm, and gratitude to be an American while engaging in civil discourse. #epluribusunum #knowledgegovernsignorance”
Honorable Mention Winners
Kymberli A. Wregglesworth, Social Studies Teacher, Onaway High School, Onaway, Michigan
“I am helping my Ss 2 become better citizens in 21st Century America by assigning a Civic Action Project where they will identify an
issue in the local community, become an expert, identify stakeholders, make a plan, & present their plan 2 the public 2 gain support #civicactionplan #teachlocal #icivics #icivicsednet #changetheworld #onecommunityatatime #OHSCards”
Matt Logan, Social Studies Teacher, Lafayette High School, Lafayette, Georgia
“A republic… if you can keep it,” was Ben Franklin’s response to a question about the type of government created by the newly written Constitution. I teach my students that we have to #keeptherepublic every day through our thoughts and actions, both in our public and private lives. It was true in 1787 and it’s true today.”
Karen Washington, Social Studies Teacher, Greater Lowell Technical High School, Tyngsborough, Massachusetts
“I encourage participation by teaching the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Some of my students are not American citizens, so I encourage eligible students to vote with their classmates in mind. Even if their voice cannot be heard, someone can represent their concerns.
#votewithcare #rockthevote #knowyourrights #constitutionforall #weallmatter #makeyourvoicecount #ifyoudonotvotedonotcomplain #everyvotematter #votingisaright”