Why do we celebrate Constitution Day?
In 2004, Congress established Constitution Day, a day celebrating our founding document. On September 17, all schools that receive federal funding are required to observe Constitution Day by teaching a curriculum on the U.S. Constitution.
We believe that today’s students are a driving force for change and will tackle some of the most important social justice issues of our time. Classrooms participating in Constitution Day will have a better understanding of their civil rights and liberties and how this document influences their daily lives.
Our focus for this year’s Constitution Day is “Rights for All.” The Constitution guarantees the fundamental rights of due process and equal protection to every person in this country, regardless of their citizenship status. Therefore, when the government has the power to deny these fundamental rights to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk.
Educators: Constitution Day Lesson Plan and Resources
This year, the ACLU of Colorado is providing a PowerPoint presentation on the Constitution for high school students. In the future, we look forward to providing Constitution Day materials and ACLU speakers to all grade-level students.
Below are a few additional resources you can download for classroom use on Constitution Day:
On Constitution Day, A Vision for Inclusion – blog post on Constitution Day by ACLU of Colorado Executive Director, Nathan Woodliff-Stanley