Constitution Day Event for New Mexico’s Fifth Graders
Albuquerque, N.M.—Constitution Day is right around the corner and plans are already in the works to bring lessons about our founding documents to New Mexico’s fifth graders. The State Bar Public and Legal Education Commission and the New Mexico State Bar Foundation are coordinating participation in Constitution Day classroom activities, scheduled for the week of Sept. 12–16. Staff is busy pairing volunteer attorneys and teachers to co-teach lessons on the U.S. Constitution.
“There is no cost to the school, the teacher or the students,” said Program Coordinator Marilyn Kelley. “Teachers will receive instructional materials, and each student will receive a pocket-size Constitution.” The curriculum meets New Mexico performance standards in history, civics, and government classes. The event is also an opportunity for students to meet members of New Mexico’s legal community. Attorneys and judges will answer questions and provide unique insights into the rights and privileges provided in our Constitution.
The national program was created to educate Americans about the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The goal is to help educators, parents, civic organizations, and government officials teach our youth about our founding documents. Funding for New Mexico students is provided by the State Bar of New Mexico and the volunteer attorneys and judges who co-teach the lessons.
On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution, a written charter for a new—and enduring—federal government. In 2005 Congress designated September 17 as a day “to hold educational programs for students” on the Constitution. Authorizing legislation states that all educational institutions and federal agencies receiving federal funds will hold educational programs about the Constitution.
Teachers are urged to contact the State Bar today and get their classrooms on the list to take advantage of this special program opportunity.
More information may be found at http://www.nmbar.org/Public/educationalprograms.html.
The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.