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Kidsville News! It’s Constitution Day! Preamble to the U.S. Constitution We The People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this, Constitution for the United States of America. Way back on September 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed by 39 of the 55 Founding Fathers at the final meeting of the Constitutional Convention. These delegates had gathered almost daily for five months to create this important document. It was designed to define clearly the separate powers of the government and the states, the rights of the people and how the representatives of the people should be elected. After signing it in September of 1787, Congress sent printed copies of the Constitution to the state legislatures for ratification. The United States Constitution contains seven articles which cover the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, the States, the Amendment Process, the legal status of the Constitution and the Signatures of the delegates. It also contains Amendments one through 10, which are called The Bill of Rights, and Amendments 11-27. President George W. Bush signed a bill into law on December 8, 2004, which designates every September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Citizenship Day has been around since 1952 as a day to commemorate “the formation and signing, on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution of the United States” and to recognize those who had attained the status of American citizenship. In 2004, Congress changed the designation of this day to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” It also added two provisions: first that federal employees receive educational and training materials concerning the Constitution on September 17 of each year, and second, that each educational institution that receives federal funds shall hold an educational program on the Constitution for students on September 17 of each year. For more information about Constitution Day, visit www.loc. gov,, or In September 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week including September 15 and 16. This special week was created to honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens who can trace their ancestries, or roots, to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Spanish-speaking



Celebrate Grandparents Day! Grandparents are an important part of the family, and many cultures honor them for their knowledge and wisdom. In China, there is a proverb about grandparents, and it says, “The old are the precious gem of the household.” This means that the Chinese see their elders as extremely valuable members of society. So, because grandparents are so valuable they deserve a day in their honor just like mothers and fathers. America has been celebrating a Grandparents Day since 1978 when President Jimmy Carter declared it would be celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day every year. This year, 2011, Grandparents Day falls on Sunday, September 11. Many different countries such as Australia, Estonia, France, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom, celebrate a Grandparents Day like America; but America has been honoring them longer than almost everyone else. The only country that has been celebrating it longer than America is Poland. They started their holiday in 1964, 14 years before we did. Grandparents Day was created by Marian McQuade, who was a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. She was inspired by the lonely people in nursing homes and thought it would be a great idea to have a day for everyone to recognize how special and valuable they are. She thought it was very important for the younger generations to care for and learn from the wise people they have in their lives. A perfect way to celebrate this holiday with your loved ones could be to take them flowers or sing them a song. The National Grandparents Day Council of Chula Vista, California, has announced that the national song for Grandparents Day is “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill. If you wanted to get flowers for your Grandma, you could get her forget-me-nots, which are the official flower for Grandparents Day. A handmade card is also a great way to say “I Love You” to the grandparents in your life. Spend some time talking to them about how things were when they were kids, and you will make their day! countries of Central and South America. In 1988, the week-long observance was expanded to a month-long celebration from September 15-October 15. Why September 15? Because five Latin American countries –– Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua –– celebrate the anniversary of their independence on September 15. And, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and 18, respectively.



Kidsville News - August 2011  
Kidsville News - August 2011