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Constitution Day is observed nationally every year on or about September 17, pursuant to a Congressional mandate that schools receiving federal funding provide education about the Constitution to commemorate the principles and practices protected and provided for in the Constitution. Schools can determine what kind of educational program they want, but they must hold one every year on “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day”.
This year, the Western District of Washington and the Federal Bar Association of Washington held Constitution Day events for local schools on September 16 in Tacoma and September 17 in Seattle. Two sessions per day were conducted for 5th grade classes at each courthouse, including a tour of the courthouse, a visit with the Marshal’s Service, and a mock trial coordinated by the local attorneys from the Federal Bar Association. The program was approximately 2 hours long. Here are some pictures of the 2014 events.
If you know of a 5th grade class interested in participating in next year's program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-370-8483.
Mock Trial Script
Designed to be completed in one 50 minute class period, this mock trial is appropriate for grades 6-12. This is an interesting case which challenges students to focus on objective information.