What is constitution day?
In 2004, Congress created Constitution Day and passed a law requiring all schools that receive federal funding, observe Constitution Day by teaching a curriculum on the U.S. Constitution on September 17th. Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United Sates Constitution. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
Why does it matter?The goal of the program is to engage students as young as middle-schoolers in learning about the Constitution so that they are imbued with an understanding and appreciation for the individual rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. The program is designed to appeal to students in middle school and complement their U.S. history and American government classes. Participating in this program will help young people better understand individual rights, civil liberties, and the Constitution's influences on their daily lives.
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Resources and Guides
Students have rights under the federal and Washington state Constitutions that protect you at home, at school, and in the streets, but you have to know about them to demand them. Download our publications and take action to protect your rights!
Don’t forget to celebrate those rights on Constitution Day on September 17th! If you have questions or need legal help, visit our help center.
Know Your Rights Guides1. A Guide for Public School Students
2. Washington Student Tech Rights
3. Police Interactions in Schools
4. Pregnant and Parenting Teens
5. Gender Equity in Sports
6. Transgender Rights Guide
7. Constitution Day Student Guide