Constitution Day Essay Contest 2010

Celebrate Constitution Day & Enter Essay Contest!


We invite you to celebrate Constitution Day, September 17-- and enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

We created this web page, which includes details about the contest, a resource guide, thoughtful essays, podcasts and more to get you into the Constitution Day spirit: www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday.

It also includes a music video featuring Rio Salado Library Assistant Christopher Orf performing a song he wrote called The U.S. Constitution Talking Blues-- to inspire you to read and think about how the Constitution affects your life.


Constitution Day commemorates the inception and signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The holiday serves as a strong reminder that our rights as citizens and the structure of our government were founded upon the guiding principles in this document—and that freedom and liberty require civic engagement and sacrifice.

We take pause each year to honor and reflect upon the importance and meaning of the United States Constitution and to encourage students and the communities we serve to join us.



Express Yourself! Enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest!

The contest is open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College who submit an essay addressing this topic: Given that the United States Constitution is a living document, how would you use it to promote change?

Participants will have a chance to win one of 3 prizes:
• 1st place: $100 Amazon gift card
• 2nd place: $50 Amazon gift card
• 3rd place: $50 Amazon gift card

Essays are due by midnight, Sunday, Sept. 17. The winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Visit this web page for additional details: www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday/Pages/Essay-Contest

We asked a few students to share their sentiments about Constitution Day. Here’s a look at what Michaelanthony C. Arberry Jr. had to say from the perspective of a Rio Salado student, academic advisor, new dad of twins, military veteran and champion of the Constitution.


What Constitution Day Means to Me – By Michaelanthony C. Arberry Jr.

The United States Constitution means a great deal to me.

I come from a family of Marines. My father served 27 years, my brother served 4 years, and I served for 6 years. My great grandfather fought in WWII and was listed as Missing in Action (MIA), he was never found.

Before we are shipped off to basic training we swear an allegiance (military oath). One part of the oath is; “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The United States Constitution is the foundation of our country. It established the national government, it established fundamental laws, and it gave certain basic rights to our citizens. The Constitution is the pillar of our country. Though our country is not perfect the Constitution allows us to make changes.

With the end of the civil war the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were introduced to the U.S. Constitution. Collectively these amendments were known as the Civil War Amendments which ensured equality for recently emancipated slaves. As our country continues to grow and change we will encounter problems. The great part about this country is we can change the constitution (add amendments) as our country changes. I am proud and blessed to be a citizen of the United States.

I know the sacrifices that were made by family to get to where I am at. My great grandfather though he fought for the United States during WWII he was not a citizen. He was from the Philippines and the United States offered Filipinos to fight alongside them with the promise of streamlining their U.S. citizenship.

That is the power and allure of becoming a U.S. citizen; my grandfather was willing to die for the chance to become a U.S. citizen. His sacrifice has shaped me into a man I am today.

Look for other essays and Constitution Day resources at www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday

September 17th is Constitution Day! On that date in 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention completed and signed the Constitution of the United States at Independence Hall. In late 2004, Senator Robert Byrd, one of the United States Senates leading Constitutional scholars, introduced legislation that President George W. Bush signed into law on December 8, 2004 requiring that all schools, colleges and Federal agencies receiving Federal funds offer annual educational programming involving the Constitution of the United States on or around Constitution Day, September 17th.

American Freedom Essay Contest
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia is a great way to celebrate Constitution Day! Since 2007, The Constitutional has sponsored its annual American Freedom Essay Contest in September and October where students compete to win a free school field trip for their entire class to Historic Philadelphia.

Additionally, The Constitutional offers a variety of other resources to help educational institutions and Federal agencies fulfill the annual requirement for Constitution Day programming.

Make a Reservation For Your School's Field Trip.

Please see below for a detailed list of resources offered:

The Constitutional's Constitution Day ResourcesFreeFeeTarget GroupAge GroupWalking DistanceTime Allotment
The Constitutional Guided TourTeachers, Students, Government & Military, Community LeadersAll ages1.25 miles75 minutes
The Constitutional Virtual Field TripTeachers, StudentsElementary, Middle and High SchoolN/A1-2 hours
The Constitutional Audio TourTeachers, Students, Government & Military, Community LeadersAll ages1.25 miles75 minutes
The Constitutional Self-Guided TourTeachers, Students, Government & Military, Community LeadersAll ages3.25 miles3-4 hours
Constitution Day Educational Resources, Materials & MerchandiseTeachers, Students, Government & Military, Community LeadersAll agesN/AVariable

The Constitutional Walking Tour More Info

The Constitutional Walking Tour is a 75 minute, 1.25-mile journey that tells the dramatic story of the brave men and women who were responsible for creating America. Step back in time to see where The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were created. See more than 20 of the most historic sites and attractions, including many sites and topics related to the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitutional Walking Tour offers group rates and student discounts for groups of 25 or more. Field Trips for schools and groups can be arranged for almost anytime - weekday or weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate up to 500 walkers. We provide multiple in-house trained tour guides for an entertaining and informative storytelling tour, for children and chaperones alike. We can assist you in integrating our tour into your academic curriculum, including annual Constitution Day programming on or around September 17th.

For more information, click here.

Click here to make a reservation, or call our group sales department at 215-525-1776.

The Constitutional also offers Combination Field Trip Packages with the National Constitution Center with special group package rates (for a minimum of 20 people). For more information, click here to download the PDF, or call our group sales department at 215-525-1776.

As an add on for group tours, we also offer custom souvenir T-shirts for your group so your group members are easily identifiable, as well as souvenir merchandise such as mini Liberty Bells, Constitution Scrolls and pocket Constitutions.


The Constitutional Virtual Field Trip More Info

For those who cannot travel to Philadelphia to walk in Franklin's footsteps, The Constitutional provides free "virtual field trips" through our critically-acclaimed, interactive Web site so that you can "walk" in the Founding Fathers' footsteps and learn about the birth of our Nation, including the creation of the Constitution of the United States, by taking The Constitutional's tour online. These field trips include The Constitutional's educational materials such as: narrative on historic sites, photos, illustrations, and written factual accounts. The Constitutional's virtual field trips can be conducted in classrooms around the country to offer a rich storytelling fabric, including historical facts and stories on the Colonial and Revolutionary Eras.

Download the Virtual Field Trip in PowerPoint format, click here.

For more information, please contact our Education Department at info@TheConstitutional.com or 215-525-1776.


The Constitutional Audio Tour More Info

Grab your iPod and step back in time to see where the United States Constitution was created. The Constitutional Audio Tour includes more than 20 of the most popular historical sites in 75 minutes on a 1.25 mile walking adventure, including many sites related to the Constitution of the United States such as Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. This is a fun way for children to experience history and learn!

The energetic storytellers, tour guides and historical character impersonators provide visitors with an educational and entertaining experience. Using modern day technology, visitors can step back in time to a day and age long before Facebook, smart phones, and the Internet and walk in the Founding Fathers' footsteps.

To hear a free preview, click here.

Pricing is available on a per student basis for qualified educational use only (not for commercial use). For more information on our educational licensing platform, please contact us at 215-525-1776.Self Guided Tours


The Constitutional Self-Guided Walking Tour More Info

The Constitutional Self-Guided Walking Tour takes you on a free self-guided walking journey through America's Most Historic Square Mile. The 3-mile outdoor journey features more than 30 historic sites in the Independence National Historical Park area, including many sites and topics related to the Constitution of the United States, such as Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center.

For more information, click here.


Constitution Day Educational Resources, Materials & Merchandise More Info

Our one-stop-shopping site has organized the most popular Constitution-related resources for you. In addition to all of The Constitutional Walking Tour's programming, we also offer educators a variety of resources that you can purchase to fulfill your educational needs for Constitution Day. We sell various types of historical documents including pocket Constitutions with key facts, pictures and indices, as well as faux parchment scrolls the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights and we even offer sets with quill pens.

Please click here for our recommended reading lists for students of all ages through our online book store powered by Amazon.com.

For more information, please contact our Education Department at info@TheConstitutional.com 215.525.1776.

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