The Avid Reader present the third annual Davis Constitution Day Essay Contest, in observance of the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17th.
Categories of Eligibility:
- Students enrolled at a Davis Elementary School
- Students enrolled at a Davis Junior High/Middle School
- Students enrolled at a Davis High School
- Adults 19 years and older residing in Davis
There will be a top prize winner selected from each category. Each of the four will receive a $100 prize.
Download the contest flyer at the bottom of this page, or contact The Avid Reader at (530) 758-4040 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for delivery to your classroom or organization.
- In 500 words or less, address this year's essay topic: “The U.S. Constitution Establishes Three Branches of Government, Each With Separate Powers. Why is This Important to Me?”
- Essays should be typewritten, in size 12 font, printed on white, 8.5" x 11" paper
- Include a cover sheet with the entrant's name, age, category of eligibility, phone number, and email address on it
- Place the cover sheet and essay unfolded in a manila envelope and deliver to The Avid Reader at 617 2nd St. in Davis, CA by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16th, 2015.
The winners will be notified Monday, October 19th. They will be recognized by and their essays published in The Davis Enterprise. They will be introduced at the Davis City Council meeting Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a reception for the winners at The Avid Reader, 617 2nd Street in downtown Davis. There will also be a program there at which they will have the opportunity to read their essays. The public is invited.
Sponsors of the Contest are The Davis Enterprise, The Avid Reader, and a Davis group interested in American history and facts about the U.S. Constitution, “We the People of Davis.” Contributors to the event also include Awards and More of Davis and Konditerei.
Constitution Events & Activities
- Trivia Contest Table at the Davis Farmers Market - Wednesday, September 23rd, Saturday, September 26th, Saturday, Wednesday, September 30th and Saturday, October 3rd. All ages are invited to participate. There will be simple giveaways for entering and fun prizes for answering correctly.
- At all the Farmers Market Trivia appearances, local artist Tom Corbett will be sketching interested market attendees in patriotic poses.
- Trivia Contest booth at the International Festival Davis - Sunday, October 4th from noon to 6 p.m. at Central Park. Representing the United States of America, it will be one of several exhibits showcasing countries around the world. There will also be culture tables, business and nonprofit tables, music, dance, food, as well as arts and crafts.
- Luke A. Wake of the National Federation of Independent Business - Small Business Legal Center in California will talk about the state of the U.S. Constitution today, focusing on what the Constitution means for ordinary citizens, small business, and America’s future at The Avid Reader Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. Specific topics including separation of powers will also be addressed.
- Trivia Night at DeVere’s Irish Pub hosted by Dr. Andy Jones - Monday, September 28th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will feature a segment devoted to the Constitution. There will be a team fielded specifically to be prepared for the Constitutional questions. Others are encourage to form teams and attend to challenge these experts.
During the month of September, there will be a display at the Yolo County Public Library featuring the title Constitution Translated for Kids by Cathy Travis, Constitution Café by Christopher Phillips, and this year’s new release on the Constitution by Joseph Ellis, The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783-1789. All three titles will be available for purchase at 20% discount through October 16th at The Avid Reader.
As last year, Da Vinci students will be conducting or joining in on a variety of Constitution-themed activities.
- They will be leading a book discussion featuring Joseph Ellis’ The Quartet on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m. at The Avid Reader
- They will be participating in debates concerning Constitutional issues on Thursday, October 1st, at 7:30 p.m. at The Avid Reader.
- They will also be leading a program at The Davis Senior Center from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30th featuring the paperback title Constitution Café. The book sparks discussions related to changing the Constitution. Adults of all ages are welcome.
The Da Vinci students be on hand at the Farmers Market September 23rd, 26th and 30th as well as Saturday, October 3rd. They will also be involved in developing Constitution-inspired displays for The Avid Reader windows and at The Davis Public Library at the end of September.