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Citizenship Challenge 2017

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Enter your class with a written essay on this year’s selected issue facing our democracy!

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Submission Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017

Challenge Finals Take Place: Bill of Rights Week – December 11-15, 2017 at the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

Who is Eligible? The Challenge is open to 4th and 5th grade classes enrolled in public, private, or parochial school, or home study program in the 5-county Philadelphia area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, and Montgomery Counties)

Download Official Rules and Submission Information

The Citizenship Challenge is an opportunity for 4-5th grade classes in the 5-county Philadelphia area to express themselves regarding a current issue facing our democracy. Classroom teams will be asked to write an essay that addresses their team’s point of view on this year’s assigned issue. Teams should take one position and defend their argument in a concise written document of a minimum of 300 words. The contest is drawn from PA Civics standards relating to principles and documents of government; rights and responsibilities of citizens; and information on how government works.

This Year’s Citizenship Challenge Question:

The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution places term limits on the President of the United States.

Q: Should the Constitution of the United States be amended to impose term limits on members of Congress? Members of the Supreme Court? Why or Why not? If so, what should the limits be?

Submit your essay by midnight on November 10th to Beth Specker via email at bspecker@rendellcenter.org. You may also submit by regular mail to Beth Specker, The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, Annenberg Public Policy Center, 202 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3806.

Ten finalists will be selected and invited to make a final presentation of their essay during Bill of Rights Week, December 11-15, 2017. All expenses will be paid by The Rendell Center.

This Year’s Prizes

  • 1 GRAND PRIZE of $1,000: The first place school will receive a check to be used toward a program that promotes civics learning and engagement across the student body.
  • 3 RUNNER-UP PRIZES of $500: Each of the three runner-up schools will receive a check to be used toward a program that promotes civics learning and engagement across the student body.
  • Top 10 Entries: The top 10 finalist schools will receive classroom copies of the We the Civics Kids curriculum as well as a civics library for their school.

Don’t delay! Get started today! Download Official Rules and Submission Information

Good luck! We look forward to your submission.