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
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