Making Democracy Work

Constitution Day

At Purdue
The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship has as its mission to assume a national leadership role in preparing new generations of American citizens. The focus is to provide programs, institutes, activities and resources for educators to implement more powerful citizenship programs and opportunities that result in active student involvement in schools and communities. Each year the Ackerman Center sponsors Constitution Day details can be located at http://www.purdue.edu/constitution-day/

Why do we celebrate the US Constitution? Because thirty-nine of the 55 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The Congress, by joint resolution, has designated September 17th as "Citizenship Day" and the week beginning September 17th and ending September 23rd of each year as "Constitution Week". Public Law 108-477 contained in the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 states that "each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.

The League of Greater Lafayette has been part of this celebration for many years and hopes to continue. We provide information on the League and offer voter registration to all who are eligible.