Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, and "recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens." In 2004, through Senator Robert C. Byrd's leadership, Congress included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005, requiring public schools and government agencies to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution. (Public Law 108-477)
HOW DOES COASTLINE OBSERVE THESE DATES?
At over 230 years old, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest surviving written national constitution in the world. As a higher education institution, Coastline College strives to educate students and community members about the U.S. Constitution and citizenship through interactive activities, events, and web resources. Student Services often collaborates with student leaders to distribute information pertaining to the U.S. Constitution and the responsibilities of citizenship at its three neighborhood campuses.
Throughout the years, Coastline has collaborated with the college community by offering the following:
- Coordinated giveaways (i.e. pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions)
- Interactive quizzes
- Informational tabling
- Voter registration information
- Organizing webinars
- and other unique programs!
Any events affiliated with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day will be updated each year. We invite all students, faculty, and community members to join Coastline College's activities, events and year-long efforts to learn more about the Constitution's historical and contemporary significance.
HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT ME?
Having accessibility to our landmark documents, such as the U.S. Constitution gives you the right to examine and learn from the records that ensures your rights, hold the government accountable and tell the story of the nation. Coastline College works to ensure their students and community members can easily find civic literature, anytime and anywhere.
Statistics on civic literacy in the United States has shown a decrease amongst Americans.
In 2017, Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) released their data on the annual Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey. The survey found:
- 37% cannot name any of the First Amendment rights
- 33% percent do not know any of the three branches
Now is the time to strengthen and improve the understanding of how our government works and citizen responsibility!
Citizenship Resource Center
A web-based portal that centralizes citizenship resources
Play a fun, interactive game through your phone or computer. Use primary sources to explore the challenges faced by representative democracy today.
Charters of Freedom
Online exhibit of the U.S. Constitution
Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774 to 1789:
Library of Congress' collection highlights key events and items during the creation of the U.S. Constitution
The Constitution: How Did it Happen?
National Archives' history of the living document
Register to Vote
Stay informed and get registered to vote for your local, state and national elections.
Civic Impact Project
A non-partisan initiative to encourage civic engagement amongst community college students. Coastline College was of the 25 pilot colleges that conducted student voter registration and outreach. Contact Natalie Schonfeld for more information.
Past Constitution Day events for all students, faculty, staff and public include:
Associated Student Government Office and student leaders engaged with students and public about our nation's constitution through an information table and giveaways at the following locations:
- Le-Jao Campus - 9:30am to 12:30pm
- Newport Beach Campus - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
- Garden Grove Campus - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Associated Student Government Office and student leaders engaged with students and public about our nation's constitution through an information table and giveaways at the Newport Beach Campus.
Associated Student Government Office and the Info Center engaged with students and public about our nation's constitution through an information table at all campuses. At College Center, they coordinated Constitution Day related prizes and activities for visitors.
Coastline College interacted with students through informational tabling, resources and free giveaways.