In 2004, Congress created Constitution Day and passed a law requiring all schools that receive federal funding, observe Constitution Day by teaching a curriculum on the U.S. Constitution on September 17th.Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United Sates Constitution. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. Created in 2004 by Congress, the act mandates that all publicly funded education institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. Many public schools across the nation are unaware of this federal requirement to observe Constitution Day and there are few resources available to help teachers develop requisite lesson plans.

To fill these gaps, the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation's guardian of civil liberties and leading expert on the Constitution has developed Constitution Day Brought To You By The ACLU, which is an innovative and interactive program that provides a fun and exciting learning opportunity for students on Constitution Day.

The goal of the program is to engage students as young as middle-schoolers in learning about the Constitution so that they are imbued with an understanding and appreciation for the individual rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. The program is designed to appeal to students in middle school and complement their U.S. history and American government classes. Participating in this program will help young people better understand individual rights, civil liberties, and the Constitution's influences on their daily lives.

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