For nearly the last decade, fifth-graders in Pasco County have been competing against one another, putting pen to paper or fingers on a keyboard, answering the question, “Why is the Constitution important?” The contest is in celebration of Constitution Day, September 17th.
It was nearly 235 years ago, on September 17th, 1787, that 39 determined and courageous patriots gathered in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to sign the United States Constitution. Ushering in the phrase that has resounded across generations, “We the People.” The United States Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government.
The Constitution has remained in force for more than two centuries, because of the vision of its framers. They successfully separated and balanced the powers of government to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments.
The Honorable Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller invites all Pasco County fifth grade students to participate in this year’s contest. A panel of judges will select the winners. First, second and third place winners will receive a certificate and a gift card and will be introduced at a Pasco County School Board meeting.
The deadline for entries is September 30th. Winners will be announced at the Pasco County School Board meeting on October 18th.
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