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Constitution Day

Information about Constitution Day, September 17.

Constitution Day Poster Design Contest

Constitution Day Poster Contest invites K-12 students (including homeschoolers) to celebrate Constitution Day (Sept. 17) by designing a poster showing how they benefit from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution Day Poster Contest is promoted by the Government Information for Children (GIC) Committee of the ALA Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT).  This contest allows K-12 students to design a poster expressing their thoughts and ideas on how they benefit from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution.  There are prizes for each grade and each grade winner will receive a Constitution commemorative coin with the grand prize winner also receiving a $100 cash prize.

Participating in the contest is a great way to:

  1. Encourage students to learn about the rights we have as U.S. citizens.
  2. Teach students the vocabulary of the Constitution and other founding documents.
  3. Help students apply the principles of the Constitution to events today.
  4. Encourage students to participate in civic events.
  5. Give students a positive venue to think visually, frame their thoughts about how much we rely on the Constitution to support equity and equality, and outline the freedoms that we value.

While the instruction for the poster contest needs to be accomplished early in the school year, it is an excellent way to get those valuable conversations going early on. We are all bringing forth courageous conversations about race, equity, protest, and rights. We can ground those discussions with evidence from the founding documents, and once we understand the basic concepts, we can debate, discuss, question, and explore the latest news and events, knowing we can always go back to the source and forge ahead with those concepts firmly in our back pocket.

To download the poster rules/deadlines go to:

Access the 2022 entry form here:

Ideas for integrating Constitution Day into your library or classroom