The Davis Constitution Day Essay Contest is taking place again this year, in observance of the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution this Sept. 17.
The essay of 500 words or less will address the topic “The Constitution guarantees individual freedom. How does that affect me?” Completed essays must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, to The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.
There are four categories of eligibility: elementary, junior high, high school and adults age 19 and older. Each of the four first-prize winners will receive $100, be recognized at a City Council meeting, read their essay at The Avid Reader on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 17, and have their essay published in The Davis Enterprise.
Fliers with information on the rules and format for entering are available at The Avid Reader, and will be distributed to classes in the Davis school district studying the Constitution as well as other elementary and high school outlets in Davis.
A variety of events and displays throughout the community will heighten awareness of the fifth annual essay contes, which is sponsored by The Avid Reader, The Davis Enterprise and a Davis group interested in American history and facts about the U.S. Constitution, “We the People of Davis.”
Also contributing support are Awards & More of Davis and Konditorei.
A display on the Constitution will be featured at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, Sept. 17-29. And locals can learn about the rights and responsibilities of an American citizen and the six general principles underpinning the Constitution via a window display at The Avid Reader that will be up through Oct. 13.
Do you enjoy trivia? Test your skill at a table at the Farmers Market from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in Central Park. The questions feature different levels of difficulty, and small prizes will be offered for participating and answering the questions correctly.
College students, young adults and American history students of all ages will be challenged by questions on the Constitution devised Andy Jones, host of de Vere’s Irish Pub’s Trivia Night, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25. Form you own team or join one that night.
And a trivia contest booth on American history and the U.S. Constitution will be part of the seventh annual International House Festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Central Park. Representing America, it will be one among exhibits highlighting countries around the world. The festival also features culture tables, business tables and nonprofit tables, along with music, dance, food, and arts and crafts.
Information about all of these events and activities as well as the Constitution essay contest rules is available online at www.avidreaderbooks.com; on fliers distributed at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St.; or by calling 530-219-8681.
Breakfast of Champions
National Girls & Women in Sports Day
In just 37 words, Title IX ensures that students receive educational opportunities free from discrimination based on sex. It’s a short and simple law, but it has truly changed the game for girls and women in sports. Title IX has expanded opportunities for female athletes.
On January 31st seventh and eighth grade girls who participate in sports at BMS were invited to a breakfast of scrambled eggs, muffins and sausage. Prior to the breakfast an essay contest was held with the topic “What do sports mean to you?” to help emphasize “National Women and Girls in Sports Day.” Girls in 7th and 8th grade who participate in sports were eligible to enter the contest. First place was awarded a jacket from Skeeter Stitch, second place was given a $20.00 gift card to Giovanni’s Pizza and the third place winner was given a $20.00 gift card to Target. Members of the BSU NCAA playoff winning women’s soccer team and the BHS state winning women’s soccer team came for the breakfast and spoke to our students about what it takes to win at that level of play.