Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CORRUPT SKIES, EPISODE 1


Publisher: Alex Rodgers
Release Date: January 22, 2014
Genre: Humor/Action/Thriller
Length: 192 Pages
ISBN:  978-0-99142-690-4

CORRUPT SKIES
By

Alex Rodgers

BLURB:  
As a series of armed bank robberies spring up in every corner of the nation, burnt-out Air Marshal Harris Fox finds himself thrust in the middle of this high-profile case. The danger unfolds and conspiracy unravels. With lives at stake, and his family in the balance, can Fox solve the mystery before it's too late?

A humor-filled, action-packed thriller with a cast of characters not easy to forget, this is the series for fans of television shows and movies like Rescue Me, Psych, Red, and 2Guns.

 
My Impressions: 
*Caution: Strong language*

Fast paced read that keeps you engaged in the life of an Air Marshal Harris Fox. Interesting characters that are brought to life with emotion and fortitude. The author does a wonderful job of creating vivid moments that transports you into action as its unfolding.

Only negatives to this book was the editing; misspelled words and repeats that took away from the story but not so much that I did not enjoy it still. I also could have done without all the language that I thought took away from the book. Despite this I am still looking forward to the next episode. 

This is a great book for those that love conspiracy, action, humor, and thrills this is the book for you.

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Excerpt: 
Nevin watched Harris guzzle down the beer, almost impressed. “Whoa, you playing catch up, or did the boss just break your balls that bad?”
Harris reluctantly set the beer down and looked over at Nevin, “Actually, there was no reaming this time.”
 “No ball breaking? For reals?” Nevin looked doubtful, squinting an eye for added effect.
Harris turned back to his beer, picking up the bottle again, and swirled the suds around the bottle. “Yeah, no breaking of the balls. For reals.” He began studying the menu that Ross slid to him across the bar, even though he knew it by heart at this point.
 “You eat the same shit every time Harris!” Nevin snapped his finger impatiently at the bartender, who looked at Nevin with a sour expression, which Nevin remained oblivious to, before pouring him a measure of Ciroc in a new martini glass and adding a twist of lime, with a splash of cranberry juice, handing it to Nevin without a smile. Nevin took the drink without even noting the bartender’s displeasure. “Two ribeyes, medium well with a side of garlic mash my good man!” Ross nodded and moved on. Harris silently prayed he wouldn’t spit in their food.
 Nevin turned back to Harris. “Well, what the hell did he want then? I was for sure he was in an ass-kicking mood when he asked for you— though now that I think about it, he actually always seems to be in an ass-kicking mood.”
 “Well… I have a special assignment.” Harris hesitantly divulged.
 Nevin took a big sip of his pink drink, looked around for people listening and asked, “A what?”
Harris tried, and failed to refrain from keeping the bragging note out of his voice. “Special assignment son, you heard right!”
Nevin slapped Harris on the back, spilling some of his drink in the process. “Well I want a special assignment, how do I get one of those? I’m pretty special. How can I be down?”
 “Well really it just kind of happened, still processing it actually,” Harris stated, regaining some modesty.
 “Well, what is it?” Nevin finally asked, his curiosity getting the best of his impulse to continue teasing Harris.
 Harris lowered his voice, and quickly scanned the bar. “I can’t really talk about it, but I will say it’s part of a high level investigation.”

AUTHOR INFORMATION:
Alex Rodgers is the author of the Corrupt Skies series. He is a military veteran and civil servant who got tired of reading about CIA and FBI Agents and thought Air Marshals would be cool.

Corrupt Skies: Episode I is his first foray into book writing, which started out as a short story. He is now happily writing the fourth novel in the series.

When he's not writing you can find him shamelessly plugging his books by reading the chapters out loud to a captive audience on the DC metro (not really). He enjoys paintballing and spending time with his wife and children at their home in Northern Virginia.

Links

 


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Countdown to 7 Souvenirs of August

The Countdown to 7 Souvenirs of August
#7SofAYour geocaching mission for this summer starts in just days. It’s just a click away in your personalized 7 Souvenirs of August Trophy Case. During August, earn six new Geocaching souvenirs by finding specific types of geocaches.

Once you’ve collected all six souvenirs, visit your 7 Souvenirs of August Trophy Case to unlock the rare 7th “Achiever” souvenir. If you’re new to geocaching, a souvenir is an exclusive digital reward for your online profile.

Your journey to find the 7 Souvenirs of August or #7SofA begins on August 1 and lasts through August 31. Begin your #7SofA adventure right now. Take the new Geocaching Personality Quiz. Each of the six personality types in the quiz reveals a souvenir you’re challenged to discover in August.

Prepare for your August be exploring 7 tips to completing #7SofA, then start filling up your 7 Souvenirs of August Trophy Case. Ready to begin celebrating? Check out the new 7 Souvenirs swag on sale now
If you are going to participate, I would love to hear what you found. Share some pics and link up!

Oliver and the Seawigs Philip Reeve; illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

More Title Details

 
A lively step up from early chapter books, this seafaring romp is packed with hilarious art, lovable misfits, meddlesome monkeys, and tons of kid appeal.
When Oliver's explorer parents go missing, he sets sail on a rescue mission with some new, unexpected friends: a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are even more exciting, unusual, and full of mischief than Oliver could have imagined. Can he and his crew spar with sarcastic seaweed, outrun an army of sea monkeys, win a fabulous maritime fashion contest, and defeat a wicked sea captain in time to save Mom and Dad?
My Impressions


This was an adorable read aloud book. If you are looking for a book full of fun, excitement, adventure and mystery that was perfect for a younger audience that “Oliver and the Seawigs” is the book for you. This book is chalk full (every page) of illustrations that are beautifully done. For the visual and younger audiences this gives the book life and helps create the wondrous, bold and vivid adventures of Oliver and his companions.  

Without going into too much detail and giving the story away, Oliver is a forced traveler by his parents design until one day he wakes up and finds his parents missing. Forced with deciding to go and look for them or wait and see if they return home, Oliver decides to take on the quest of locating the missing Mr. and Mrs. Crisp. This leads Oliver on an amazing adventure where he meets his lovely traveling companions. 

One of the great things about this book was the vivid imagery, such as when the sea monkeys are described as being “snot-green”. Yep, I know-GROSS! It does accomplish a very vivid visual image though of the sea monkeys. My son laughed and laughed and thought it was the greatest thing.
If your kids have a great imagination, love talking, rambling islands, sea monkeys, and the like you are going to adore this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR / ILLUSTRATOR
PHILIP REEVE is the acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines/Predator Cities series, the Fever Crumb series, and Here Lies Arthur (2008 Carnegie Medal Winner). He was born and raised in the seaside town of Brighton, and has been writing down adventures since he was five years old. (www.philip-reeve.com)

SARAH McINTYRE has written and illustrated several picture books and comics for children. Her delightfully over-the-top drawings and mischievious monkey illustrations brought Philip and Sarah together for this series. (www.jabberworks.co.uk)

Disclaimer: I received this book from Randoms House Children's via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review and opinion which I have given.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 FOR CONSTITUTION DAY! & CONTEST

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 FOR CONSTITUTION DAY!

ATTN: TEACHERS OF BAND, FILM, ENGLISH, DRAMA, HISTORY, DEBATE & SPEECH! We want to LAUNCH CAREERS in FILM, MUSIC, JOURNALISM & GOVT.SERVICE! with non-partisan Constitutional Fortitude

Constituting America’s 2014 We the Future Contest entry deadline has been extended to September 17, 2014! There is still time for your K-12 students (and any college, graduate or law school students, as well as adults & seniors!) to win prizes, scholarships, and exciting mentoring trips through this fun and engaging contest that helps students learn about the U.S. Constitution in a non-partisan way. Simply visit www.constitutingamerica.org/download.php to read the rules and information, and share with your students.
High school winners receive $1,000 prizes to be used for their college education. Younger Students win gift cards, and all win national exposure on our website! Song winners will win a mentoring trip to Nashville where they will get their music video produced & song professionally recorded! Short film winners travel to Hollywood to meet actors such as Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump/CSI New York) & others in the industry and watch a tv show or movie being filmed, and PSA, essay and speech winners travel to Washington, DC where Brit Hume, Bret Baier and other DC insiders will spend time with them as mentors! All mentoring trip participants will dine with a constitutional scholar!

Did you know…All schools receiving federal funds are required to hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on September 17th each year?

Mark your calendars for September 17, 2014: Constitution Day!!

To help you fulfill this requirement, Constituting America is offering two exciting programs:
1. Book a Q&A “Skype Session” with one of our student contest winners. Kids teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution! Go to this link: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/winners2013.php to view short 2 minute clips of our winners & their winning works! Choose one of our winners to spend time with your class, in a Q&A Skype session (tailored in length and content to your lesson plan and goals) on the Constitution and it’s relevancy today!

2. Exciting, NEW Interactive School Speaker Series for 2014. Interactive Constitution: LIVE is an interactive speaker series featuring representatives of the federal executive, legislative & judicial branches in the fall, and state and local officials in the spring! The branches of government outlined in the Constitution will come alive for your students through this non-partisan, educational, interactive series! Book your school now! Email: constitutingamerica@yahoo.com to book and for more information.

We founded Constituting America because the arts are so pivotal in our lives. Our goal is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet and social media to reach, educate, and inform America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Participating in the We the Future contest will help your students do just that. We hope you will spread the word re: the availability of these free educational resources.

Please contact Cathy Gillespie at (202) 255-0101 or email constitutingamerica@yahoo.com for more info!


To enter the We The Future Contest:

1. Sign up online here: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/contestsignup.php

2. Fill out the permission form that must accompany your entry: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/docs/917Signup.pdf

3. Choose from the below list of entry options for your age group.

4. Create your entry and send it to us by September 17, 2014.

That's it! We look forward to receiving your entry!

Click Here For Required Entry Form/Parental or Guardian Authorization Form That Must Accompany All Entries
The We The Future Contest Categories:
Elementary SchoolsClick here for the 2014 Elementary School Rules (Grades K-5)

Click here for 2014 Elementary School Prizes
BEST POEM – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as Best Poem, Elementary School 2014- 2015
  2. Public Appearances (to be determined)
  3. Certificate for winning Best Poem, Elementary School 2014-2015
  4. $100 Gift Card to a retail location (to be announced)
BEST HOLIDAY CARD – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as official holiday card, 2014-2015
  2. Public Appearances (to be determined)
  3. Certificate for winning Official Holiday card, 2014
  4. $100 Gift Card to a retail location (to be announced)

Middle SchoolsClick here for the 2014 Middle School Rules (Grades 6-8)

Click here for Middle School Prizes including BEST SONG WINNER MEETS VINCE GILL FOR MENTOR SESSION!
BEST SONG – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Nashville, Tennessee to meet with Constituting America Mentor, Country Music Legend Vince Gill & other industry leaders & dine with a Constitutional Scholar
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as Best Song, Middle School 2014-2015
  3. Public Appearances (to be determined)
  4. Certificate for winning Best Song, Middle School 2014-2015
  5. $200 Gift Card to a retail location (to be announced)
BEST ESSAY – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as Best Essay, Middle School 2014-2015
  2. Public Appearances (to be determined)
  3. Certificate for winning Best Essay, Middle School 2014-2015
  4. $200 Gift Card to a retail location (to be announced)

High SchoolsClick here for the 2014 High School Rules (Grades 9-12)
Click here for Prizes, including MENTOR SESSION WITH ACTOR GARY SINISE FOR BEST SHORT FILM, MENTOR SESSION WITH BRIT HUME AND BRET BAIER FOR BEST PSA AND ESSAY, and MENTOR SESSION WITH VINCE GILL FOR BEST SONG!
BEST ESSAY - 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Constituting America Mentors, Bret Baier and Brit Hume, and other Washington leaders, and dine with a Constitutional Scholar.
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as Best Essay, High School 2014-2015
  3. Public Appearances (to be determined)
  4. Certificate for winning Best Essay, High School 2014-2015
  5. $1000 Scholarship Prize
BEST SONG - 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Nashville, Tennessee to meet with Constituting America Mentor, Vince Gill and other industry leaders, professionally record their song and dine with a Constitutional Scholar.
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as official Constituting America High School Song, 2014-2015
  3. Television Appearances (to be determined) Certificate for winning Best Song, High School 2014-2015 $1000 Scholarship Prize (If team submission, prize is split)
BEST PSA - 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Constituting America Mentors, Bret Baier and Brit Hume and other Washington leaders and dine with a Constitutional Scholar.
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as official Constituting America High School PSA, 2014- 2015
  3. Television Appearances (to be determined) Certificate for winning Best PSA, High School 2014-2015
  4. $1000 Scholarship Prize (If team submission, prize is split)
BEST SHORT FILM - 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Los Angeles, California to meet with Constituting America Mentor, Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, CSI: New York)
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as official Constituting America High School Short Film, 2014-2015
  3. Television Appearances (to be determined)
  4. Certificate for winning Best Short Film, High School 2014-2015 $1000 Scholarship Prize (If team submission, prize is split)

College / University StudentsClick here for the 2014 College Rules (Undergrad)
Click here for Prizes, including MENTOR SESSION WITH ACTOR GARY SINISE FOR BEST SHORT FILM, MENTOR SESSION WITH BRIT HUME AND BRET BAIER FOR BEST PSA & SPEECH, AND MENTOR SESSION WITH VINCE GILL FOR BEST SONG
BEST SPEECH– 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Washington, D.C.to meet with DC Mentors Bret Baier and Brit Hume and other DC leaders and dine with a Constitutional Scholar.
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as Best Speech, College 2014-2015
  3. Public Appearances (to be determined)
  4. Certificate for winning Best Speech, College 2014-2015
  5. $2,000 Scholarship Prize

BEST SONG – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Nashville, Tennessee to meet with Constituting AmericaNashville Mentor Country Music Legend Vince Gill, other music industry leaders, professionally record your song and dine with a Constitutional Scholar.
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as official Constituting America College Song, 2014- 2015
  3. Television Appearances (to be determined)
  4. Certificate for winning Best Song, College 2014-2015
  5. $2,000 Scholarship Prize

BEST PSA – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with DC Mentors Bret Baier andBrit Hume and other DC leaders and dine with a Constitutional Scholar.
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as official Constituting America College PSA, 2014- 2015
  3. Television Appearances (to be determined)
  4. Certificate for winning Best PSA, College 2014-2015
  5. $2,000 Scholarship Prize

BEST SHORT FILM – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Los Angeles, California to meet with Hollywood Mentor Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, CSI: New York)
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as official Constituting America College Short Film, 2014-2015
  3. Television Appearances (to be determined)
  4. Certificate for winning Best Short Film, College 2014-2015
  5. $2000 Scholarship Prize

Law School & Graduate School StudentsClick here for the 2014 Law School & Graduate School Rules
Click here for Prizes, including MENTOR SESSION WITH ACTOR GARY SINISE FOR BEST SHORT FILM & MENTOR SESSION WTH BRIT HUME & BRET BAIER FOR BEST SPEECH!
BEST SHORT FILM – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Los Angeles, California to meet with Constituting America Mentor, Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, CSI: New York), watch a television show or movie being filmed, meet other industry leaders and dine with a Constitutional Scholar.
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as official Constituting America Graduate/Law School Short Film, 2014-2015
  3. Television Appearances (to be determined)
  4. Certificate for winning Best Short Film, Graduate/Law School 2014-2015
  5. $2000 Scholarship Prize
BEST SPEECH– 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Mentoring Trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Constituting America Mentors, Bret Baier and Brit Hume, as well as other DC leaders, and dine with a Constitutional Scholar
  2. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website as Best Speech, Graduate/Law School 2014-2015
  3. Public Appearances (to be determined)
  4. Certificate for winning Best Speech, Graduate/Law School 2014-2015
  5. $2,000 Scholarship Prize

NEW Short Film Category
Click here for the 2014 NEW Short Film Category (open to adults ages 25 & up)

Click here for 2014 Short Film, 25 & up, Prizes
BEST SHORT FILM – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website
  2. Television Appearances (to be determined)
  3. Certificate for winning Best Short Film, Adult Category, 2014-2015

NEW Senior Adult Essay Category
Sponsored by American House Senior Living CommunitiesClick here for the 2014 NEW Senior Adult Essay Category (open to adults ages 65 & older)

Click here for 2014 Senior Adult Essay Prizes
BEST ESSAY – 1 Entry Chosen
  1. Worldwide exposure on the Constituting America website, 2014-2015
  2. Television Appearances (to be determined)
  3. Certificate for winning Best Essay, Senior Adult Category, 2014-2015

Click Here For Required Entry Form/Parental or Guardian Authorization Form That Must Accompany All Entries

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 FOR CONSTITUTION DAY!
ATTN: TEACHERS OF BAND, FILM, ENGLISH, DRAMA, HISTORY, DEBATE & SPEECH! We want to LAUNCH CAREERS in FILM, MUSIC, JOURNALISM & GOVT.SERVICE! with non-partisan Constitutional Fortitude
Constituting America’s 2014 We the Future Contest entry deadline has been extended to September 17, 2014! There is still time for your K-12 students (and any college, graduate or law school students, as well as adults & seniors!) to win prizes, scholarships, and exciting mentoring trips through this fun and engaging contest that helps students learn about the U.S. Constitution in a non-partisan way. Simply visit www.constitutingamerica.org/download.php to read the rules and information, and share with your students.
High school winners receive $1,000 prizes to be used for their college education. Younger Students win gift cards, and all win national exposure on our website! Song winners will win a mentoring trip to Nashville where they will get their music video produced & song professionally recorded! Short film winners travel to Hollywood to meet actors such as Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump/CSI New York) & others in the industry and watch a tv show or movie being filmed, and PSA, essay and speech winners travel to Washington, DC where Brit Hume, Bret Baier and other DC insiders will spend time with them as mentors! All mentoring trip participants will dine with a constitutional scholar!
Did you know…All schools receiving federal funds are required to hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on September 17th each year?
Mark your calendars for September 17, 2014: Constitution Day!!
To help you fulfill this requirement, Constituting America is offering two exciting programs:
1. Book a Q&A “Skype Session” with one of our student contest winners. Kids teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution! Go to this link: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/winners2013.php to view short 2 minute clips of our winners & their winning works! Choose one of our winners to spend time with your class, in a Q&A Skype session (tailored in length and content to your lesson plan and goals) on the Constitution and it’s relevancy today!
2. Exciting, NEW Interactive School Speaker Series for 2014. Interactive Constitution: LIVE is an interactive speaker series featuring representatives of the federal executive, legislative & judicial branches in the fall, and state and local officials in the spring! The branches of government outlined in the Constitution will come alive for your students through this non-partisan, educational, interactive series! Book your school now! Email: constitutingamerica@yahoo.com to book and for more information.
We founded Constituting America because the arts are so pivotal in our lives. Our goal is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet and social media to reach, educate, and inform America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Participating in the We the Future contest will help your students do just that. We hope you will spread the word re: the availability of these free educational resources.
Please contact Cathy Gillespie at (202) 255-0101 or email constitutingamerica@yahoo.com for more info!
Sincerely,
Janine Turner
Actress, Northern Exposure
Founder & Co-Chair
Cathy Gillespie
Co-Chair

Constituting America’s Mission

Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet, and social media to reach, educate, and inform America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Our multi-tiered approach features a contest for kids, academic forums with Constitutional Scholars, School Speaking Initiative, Patriot Clubs, and National Youth Director Juliette Turner’s book, Our Constitution Rocks, and forthcoming September 2014, Our Presidents Rock.
We are the only organization that utilizes the arts & culture to inspire Americans of all ages to learn about the U.S. Constitution

Our Programs

We the Future Contest – a nationwide contest where students from kindergarten through law school and adults and seniors submit original songs, short films, public service announcements, speeches, drawings, essays, and poems about what the Constitution means to them. Entries are judged by an esteemed panel and through social media, and winners in each category are awarded prizes including $1,000 for high school winners, $2,000 for college, law & grad school winners, gift cards for younger winners, mentoring trips and national publicity. (This year’s entries are due August 15, 2014 – go to http://www.constitutingamerica.org/downloads.php for more rules and information.)
EXCITING NEW INTERACTIVE SCHOOL SPEAKER SERIES FOR 2014: An interactive school speaker series featuring representatives of the federal executive, legislative & judicial branches in the fall, and state and local officials in the spring! The branches of government outlined in the Constitution will come alive for your students through this non-partisan, educational, interactive series! Book your school now! Email: constitutingamerica@yahoo.com for more information.
Our 90-Day Studies of founding documents: The Relevancy of the Federalist Papers; The U.S. Constitution; The Amendments and the Classics That Inspired the Constitution are archived and searchable on our website. Explore original documents as well as 530 essays by 85 constitutional scholars: essays on every Federalist Paper; clauses and sections of the U.S. Constitution and the Amendments, and the classic works spanning centuries that shaped our U.S. Constitution. Access the search box and drop down menu from the front page of our website: constitutingamerica.org
Scholar Speaker Series – NEW for 2014: A Speaker Series featuring our Constitutional Scholars from our 90 Day Studies! Stay tuned for details!
Book a Q&A Skype Session with Our Winners – What is more powerful and entertaining than kids teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution? We will schedule one of our talented contest winners to “skype” into your classroom on a mutually agreeable day and time to share their winning work with your class, in a Q&A session on the U.S. Constitution and its relevancy today. The session can be tailored in length and content to your lesson plan and goals.
Patriot Clubs – organizations we help form at the local level to encourage people of all ages to learn about the Constitution: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/patriotstart.php We have over 30 active Patriot Clubs across the Nation, both in schools, and in communities.
- See more at: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/blog/constitution-day-is-coming-soon/#sthash.WrDEvZFZ.dpuf
SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 FOR CONSTITUTION DAY!
ATTN: TEACHERS OF BAND, FILM, ENGLISH, DRAMA, HISTORY, DEBATE & SPEECH! We want to LAUNCH CAREERS in FILM, MUSIC, JOURNALISM & GOVT.SERVICE! with non-partisan Constitutional Fortitude
Constituting America’s 2014 We the Future Contest entry deadline has been extended to September 17, 2014! There is still time for your K-12 students (and any college, graduate or law school students, as well as adults & seniors!) to win prizes, scholarships, and exciting mentoring trips through this fun and engaging contest that helps students learn about the U.S. Constitution in a non-partisan way. Simply visit www.constitutingamerica.org/download.php to read the rules and information, and share with your students.
High school winners receive $1,000 prizes to be used for their college education. Younger Students win gift cards, and all win national exposure on our website! Song winners will win a mentoring trip to Nashville where they will get their music video produced & song professionally recorded! Short film winners travel to Hollywood to meet actors such as Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump/CSI New York) & others in the industry and watch a tv show or movie being filmed, and PSA, essay and speech winners travel to Washington, DC where Brit Hume, Bret Baier and other DC insiders will spend time with them as mentors! All mentoring trip participants will dine with a constitutional scholar!
Did you know…All schools receiving federal funds are required to hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on September 17th each year?
Mark your calendars for September 17, 2014: Constitution Day!!
To help you fulfill this requirement, Constituting America is offering two exciting programs:
1. Book a Q&A “Skype Session” with one of our student contest winners. Kids teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution! Go to this link: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/winners2013.php to view short 2 minute clips of our winners & their winning works! Choose one of our winners to spend time with your class, in a Q&A Skype session (tailored in length and content to your lesson plan and goals) on the Constitution and it’s relevancy today!
2. Exciting, NEW Interactive School Speaker Series for 2014. Interactive Constitution: LIVE is an interactive speaker series featuring representatives of the federal executive, legislative & judicial branches in the fall, and state and local officials in the spring! The branches of government outlined in the Constitution will come alive for your students through this non-partisan, educational, interactive series! Book your school now! Email: constitutingamerica@yahoo.com to book and for more information.
We founded Constituting America because the arts are so pivotal in our lives. Our goal is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet and social media to reach, educate, and inform America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Participating in the We the Future contest will help your students do just that. We hope you will spread the word re: the availability of these free educational resources.
Please contact Cathy Gillespie at (202) 255-0101 or email constitutingamerica@yahoo.com for more info!
Sincerely,
Janine Turner
Actress, Northern Exposure
Founder & Co-Chair
Cathy Gillespie
Co-Chair

Constituting America’s Mission

Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet, and social media to reach, educate, and inform America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Our multi-tiered approach features a contest for kids, academic forums with Constitutional Scholars, School Speaking Initiative, Patriot Clubs, and National Youth Director Juliette Turner’s book, Our Constitution Rocks, and forthcoming September 2014, Our Presidents Rock.
We are the only organization that utilizes the arts & culture to inspire Americans of all ages to learn about the U.S. Constitution

Our Programs

We the Future Contest – a nationwide contest where students from kindergarten through law school and adults and seniors submit original songs, short films, public service announcements, speeches, drawings, essays, and poems about what the Constitution means to them. Entries are judged by an esteemed panel and through social media, and winners in each category are awarded prizes including $1,000 for high school winners, $2,000 for college, law & grad school winners, gift cards for younger winners, mentoring trips and national publicity. (This year’s entries are due August 15, 2014 – go to http://www.constitutingamerica.org/downloads.php for more rules and information.)
EXCITING NEW INTERACTIVE SCHOOL SPEAKER SERIES FOR 2014: An interactive school speaker series featuring representatives of the federal executive, legislative & judicial branches in the fall, and state and local officials in the spring! The branches of government outlined in the Constitution will come alive for your students through this non-partisan, educational, interactive series! Book your school now! Email: constitutingamerica@yahoo.com for more information.
Our 90-Day Studies of founding documents: The Relevancy of the Federalist Papers; The U.S. Constitution; The Amendments and the Classics That Inspired the Constitution are archived and searchable on our website. Explore original documents as well as 530 essays by 85 constitutional scholars: essays on every Federalist Paper; clauses and sections of the U.S. Constitution and the Amendments, and the classic works spanning centuries that shaped our U.S. Constitution. Access the search box and drop down menu from the front page of our website: constitutingamerica.org
Scholar Speaker Series – NEW for 2014: A Speaker Series featuring our Constitutional Scholars from our 90 Day Studies! Stay tuned for details!
Book a Q&A Skype Session with Our Winners – What is more powerful and entertaining than kids teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution? We will schedule one of our talented contest winners to “skype” into your classroom on a mutually agreeable day and time to share their winning work with your class, in a Q&A session on the U.S. Constitution and its relevancy today. The session can be tailored in length and content to your lesson plan and goals.
Patriot Clubs – organizations we help form at the local level to encourage people of all ages to learn about the Constitution: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/patriotstart.php We have over 30 active Patriot Clubs across the Nation, both in schools, and in communities.
- See more at: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/blog/constitution-day-is-coming-soon/#sthash.WrDEvZFZ.dpuf