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For Immediate Release Contact:Marcie Taylor-Thoma, 410.767.0519
Important news for the public NEWS RELEASE
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day: September 17th
BALTIMORE, MD (September 16, 2010)

TO: Principals and Social Studies Supervisors

FROM: Marcie Taylor-Thoma, Ph.D., Coordinator of Social Studies

DATE: September 16, 2010

A federal law enacted in December 2004 designates September 17 as “Constitution and Citizenship Day,” to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The federal law is included in Section 111 of Pub.L. 108-44 (Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005). It contains the following provision in Section 111 (b): “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds in the fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”

There are numerous references to the U.S. Constitution, the Maryland Constitution, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the Social Studies State Curriculum, Prek – 8th grade and Government SC, both of which are located at: www.mdk12.org.

I hope you find this information useful as you plan activities to comply with the federal law. If you should need additional assistance, please feel free to call me at 410-767-0519 or Email: mthoma@msde.state.md.us. Teachers may also refer to the following websites for additional resources.

Constitution Day Resources

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

From the
National Constitution Center:

General Resources

Abraham Lincoln Game

Constitutional Timeline

Interactive Constitution

Youth Leadership Initiative, University of Virginia Lesson Plans

Junior Achievement Lessons

The National Archives

Center for Civic Education Lesson Plans

Bill of Rights Institute Free Resources

PBS Lesson Plan (Why Celebrate Constitution Day?)

Maryland Judiciary Website with Constitution related activities

Additional Resources from Maryland Judiciary

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