SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 FOR CONSTITUTION DAY!
ATTN: TEACHERS OF BAND, FILM, ENGLISH, DRAMA, HISTORY, DEBATE & SPEECH! We want to LAUNCH CAREERS in FILM, MUSIC, JOURNALISM & GOVT.SERVICE! with non-partisan Constitutional Fortitude
Constituting America’s 2014 We the Future Contest entry deadline has been extended to September 17, 2014! There is still time for your K-12 students (and any college, graduate or law school students, as well as adults & seniors!) to win prizes, scholarships, and exciting mentoring trips through this fun and engaging contest that helps students learn about the U.S. Constitution in a non-partisan way. Simply visit http://www.constituting.staging.wpengine.com/downloads.php to read the rules and information, and share with your students.
High school winners receive $1,000 prizes to be used for their college education. Younger Students win gift cards, and all win national exposure on our website! Song winners will win a mentoring trip to Nashville where they will get their music video produced & song professionally recorded! Short film winners travel to Hollywood to meet actors such as Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump/CSI New York) & others in the industry and watch a TV show or movie being filmed, and PSA, essay and speech winners travel to Washington, DC where Brit Hume, Bret Baier and other DC insiders will spend time with them as mentors! All mentoring trip participants will dine with a constitutional scholar!
Did you know…All schools receiving federal funds are required to hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on September 17th each year?
Mark your calendars for September 17, 2014: Constitution Day!!
To help you fulfill this requirement, Constituting America is offering two exciting programs:
1. Book a Q&A “Skype Session” with one of our student contest winners. Kids teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution! Go to this link: http://www.constituting.staging.wpengine.com/winners2013.php to view short 2 minute clips of our winners & their winning works! Choose one of our winners to spend time with your class, in a Q&A Skype session (tailored in length and content to your lesson plan and goals) on the Constitution and it’s relevancy today!
2. Exciting, NEW Interactive School Speaker Series for 2014. Interactive Constitution: LIVE is an interactive speaker series featuring representatives of the federal executive, legislative & judicial branches in the fall, and state and local officials in the spring! The branches of government outlined in the Constitution will come alive for your students through this non-partisan, educational, interactive series! Book your school now! Email: email@example.com to book and for more information.
We founded Constituting America because the arts are so pivotal in our lives. Our goal is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet and social media to reach, educate, and inform America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Participating in the We the Future contest will help your students do just that. We hope you will spread the word re: the availability of these free educational resources.
Please contact Cathy Gillespie at (202) 255-0101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Actress, Northern Exposure
Founder & Co-Chair
Constituting America’s Mission
Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet, and social media to reach, educate, and inform America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Our multi-tiered approach features a contest for kids, academic forums with Constitutional Scholars, School Speaking Initiative, Patriot Clubs, and National Youth Director Juliette Turner’s book, Our Constitution Rocks, and forthcoming September 2014, Our Presidents Rock.
We are the only organization that utilizes the arts & culture to inspire Americans of all ages to learn about the U.S. Constitution
We the Future Contest – a nationwide contest where students from kindergarten through law school and adults and seniors submit original songs, short films, public service announcements, speeches, drawings, essays, and poems about what the Constitution means to them. Entries are judged by an esteemed panel and through social media, and winners in each category are awarded prizes including $1,000 for high school winners, $2,000 for college, law & grad school winners, gift cards for younger winners, mentoring trips and national publicity. (This year’s entries are due August 15, 2014 – go to http://www.constituting.staging.wpengine.com/downloads.php for more rules and information.)
EXCITING NEW INTERACTIVE SCHOOL SPEAKER SERIES FOR 2014: An interactive school speaker series featuring representatives of the federal executive, legislative & judicial branches in the fall, and state and local officials in the spring! The branches of government outlined in the Constitution will come alive for your students through this non-partisan, educational, interactive series! Book your school now! Email: email@example.com for more information.
Our 90-Day Studies of founding documents: The Relevancy of the Federalist Papers; The U.S. Constitution; The Amendments and the Classics That Inspired the Constitution are archived and searchable on our website. Explore original documents as well as 530 essays by 85 constitutional scholars: essays on every Federalist Paper; clauses and sections of the U.S. Constitution and the Amendments, and the classic works spanning centuries that shaped our U.S. Constitution. Access the search box and drop down menu from the front page of our website: constituting.staging.wpengine.com
Scholar Speaker Series – NEW for 2014: A Speaker Series featuring our Constitutional Scholars from our 90 Day Studies! Stay tuned for details!
Book a Q&A Skype Session with Our Winners – What is more powerful and entertaining than kids teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution? We will schedule one of our talented contest winners to “skype” into your classroom on a mutually agreeable day and time to share their winning work with your class, in a Q&A session on the U.S. Constitution and its relevancy today. The session can be tailored in length and content to your lesson plan and goals.
Patriot Clubs – organizations we help form at the local level to encourage people of all ages to learn about the Constitution: http://www.constituting.staging.wpengine.com/patriotstart.php We have over 30 active Patriot Clubs across the Nation, both in schools, and in communities.