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Citizenship Challenge Philadelphia

Citizenship Challenge Philadelphia

 

Our Philadelphia-based annual essay contest where students tackle tough civics issues facing our democracy

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). Information is available by contacting Beth Specker at bspecker@rendellcenter.org.

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: November 16, 2018

Finals: December 11, 2018

The 2018 Philadelphia Citizenship Challenge Question: Why is the First Amendment important to you?

View Official Rules and Entry Information (PDF)

young girl answers judges panel questions at Citizenship ChallengeClassroom teams are asked to write an essay that addresses their point of view on the assigned issue. Teams 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.

From all entries submitted, ten finalists are selected and invited to make a final presentation of their essay at the National Constitution Center. All expenses are paid by The Rendell Center.

Annual 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 ENTRIES: The top 10 finalist schools will receive classroom copies of the Literature-Based Mock Trial curriculum as well as a civics library for their school.

Finalists of The Citizenship Challenge get an opportunity to support the views expressed in their class essays

elementary school students' presentation on term limits

Citizenship Challenge essay questions cover tough issues like term limits for congress