Each educational institution in the United States that receives federal funding must observe Constitution Day, September 17th (or the week before or the week after when the 17th falls on a weekend).
In Merced, California, the Young Patriot Challenge is going to transform this little-known federal mandate into an opportunity to reflect on our government, our liberties, and our obligations as citizens in this republic. It also creates a wonderful opportunity to launch the academic year with a set of inspiring and challenging activities for students of all ages.
The Young Patriot Challenge event is open to all Merced County students (including “home schoolers”). There are three events, broken down by grade: a Poster Contest, a Constitutional Essay Contest and a Speech Contest. The winners of each event are publicly honored at a VIP reception ceremony.