It’s the beginning of the school year here in Davis.
There’s plenty on the minds of students, parents and teachers as they launch into new schedules, new subjects, new systems, new activities.
It’s a lot to ask to do one more thing.
Yet a group of folks here in Davis who call ourselves “We the People of Davis” are going to risk it and ask.Our central focus is promoting knowledge of this country’s history and governing document, the U.S. Constitution.
The 276th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution is coming up in a few short weeks, Tuesday, Sept. 17. We’d like students who’ve encountered it and those who’ve lived under our Constitution a while not just to pause to recognize that momentous occasion, but to write about it.
We’re looking for student participation from three age ranges — elementary, junior high, and high school. Also, we’re seeking contestants beyond high school age — most of the rest of us.
We’d like Davis residents in each of these four categories to write an essay up to 500 words on the topic “How Does the Constitution Affect My Life?”
The Avid Reader and The Davis Enterprise are joining us in sponsoring the contest. Winners in each of the four categories will be awarded $100 and receive recognition at our City Council and in The Davis Enterprise.
Our deadline is Friday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m. Submissions will be received at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Full instructions on entering are available at www.avidreaderbooks.com or in an ad that has been appearing in The Enterprise.
We know it’s a busy time. Still, we ask that you take time to read over this simple, yet far-reaching, profound political document and write about it personally. We look forward to reading what you have to say.