In 2004, the Congress decided that “Constitution Day” should be observed in schools each year on September 17th with educational programs about the history and signing of the Constitution. To help celebrate Constitution Day, eight newspapers and the New Hampshire Supreme Court have sponsored an annual "Constitution Day Essay Contest" for grades 5-12 on a topic related to our constitutional rights as citizens. Winning essays are published in the participating newspapers and winners are invited, along with parents and teachers, to a special reception at the state Supreme Court and to the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Awards.
A statewide effort to promote informed citizenship
and start a dialogue about the Constitution
2014 Constitution Day material
Below is information for the spring mailing for the Constitution Day essay contest. According to our timeline, the mailing should go out by May 16, 2014.
The attachments include:
- The topic and backup material
- The rules
- Entry form
- Constitution Day letterhead
- The timeline, for your reference
- A couple of suggestions for your letters
In the suggestions for teachers' letters, I have included word of the rule changes involving the length of essays and the number of local winners each paper may chose.
Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications
Acrobat Reader format. You can download a free reader from Adobe.
Microsoft Word format. You can download a free reader from Microsoft.