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Law-Related Education Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Classroom Resources
Click to find links to several outstanding websites with everything from general information about the United States Constitution to lesson plans for all grades. 2014 Classroom Resources
Constitution Day 2013
Naturalization Ceremony
In 2013, students from Nebraska Wesleyan University and area high schools observed a naturalization ceremony.
Students Learn the Importance of the Constitution and Citizenship
Constitution Day 2012
Nebr. Secretary of State
John A. Gale
Discusses Voting Rights
In 2012, Nebraska Secretary of State John A. Gale discussed voting rights with students at Grand Island High School and across Nebraska via distance education.
Secretary Gale Visits Grand Island
Constitution Day 2011
Justice Thomas Observed
Constitution Day in Nebraska
In 2011, Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court observed Constitution Day with students at Lincoln High School and Northwest High School's Law, Government, and International Diplomacy Academy in Omaha.
Justice Thomas Visits Nebraska
Constitution Day 2010
Alexander Hamilton in Norfolk
In 2010, Alexander Hamilton, as portrayed by Professor Don Hickey of Wayne State College, visited students in Norfolk and also connected to remote classrooms in Orchard and Elgin.
Alexander Hamilton in Norfolk
Constitution Day 2009
Ben Franklin LIVE
In 2009, Benjamin Franklin, as portrayed by Christopher Lowell, visited elementary and secondary students in Kearney in a distance learning pilot project, connecting with classrooms in Hershey, Loup City, and Pleasanton.
Ben Franklin LIVE
Constitution Day is a day set aside to observe the signing of the United States Constitution, which occured September 17, 1787. Senator Robert Byrd is credited with proposing the 2004 legislation that created the annual commemoration, which is mandatory for schools that receive federal funding. Celebration of Constitution Day in Nebraska has been annually sponsored by the Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court through specialized programming and providing Constitution Day resources on the Web for classroom teachers.

Constitution Day 2014

On Constitution Day 2014 (September 17), the Bar Foundaton and the Nebraska Supreme Court will cooperate with Homestead National Monument to offer a law-related education session led by Judge Paul Korsund of Beatrice. In this interactive session, Judge Korsund will examine the United States Constitution, focusing on some of the knowledge required to pass the Naturalization Test. Certified Court Interpreter for Nebraska State Courts, Raul Escobar, will provide stories that will make the link between hearing court proceedings in an understandable language and receiving access to justice. Anita Mayo, Omaha attorney and naturalized citizen, will describe participating in a Naturalization Ceremony at the age of four and her pride in becoming an American.

At 2:00 p.m. the students will observe a Naturalization Ceremony for the newest United States citizens. Several Beatrice area classrooms will participate in person in the Constitution Day activities at Homestead National Monument. Other classrooms around the nation will have an opportunity to tune in to this program via distance learning technology. Students attending in person and virtually will have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.


Law-Related Education