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DAR and FWCP celebrate Constitution Day

A partnership between the Washington Crossing Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Friends of Washington Crossing Park (FWCP) is celebrating Constitution Day, September 17th, by offering online education about the United States Constitution.

Their combined efforts have created and launched the “Constitution Compendium,” a web page offering a collection of educational resources and information about the U.S. Constitution at www.washingtoncrossingpark.org/constitution-compendium.

Constitution Day is celebrated each year on September 17th to mark the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17th, 1787.

It is part of Constitution Week, September 17th-23rd, a national week of recognition started by the DAR in 1955.

The “Constitution Compendium” was created to inform and inspire the general public but also to help teachers because schools that receive U.S. federal funds are required to offer education about the U.S. Constitution. Thus, in addition to general information, lists of suggested reading and web resources, and some unique coloring pages, the page has a strong classroom component.

DAR and FWCP teachers shared their own classroom materials and expertise, offering valuable lesson plans, classroom activities, worksheets, and resources for targeted class groupings of K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-9, and grades 10-12.

All the materials for each age group are collected into a single PDF document, offering teachers an inclusive “grab and go” library of ideas on how to teach about the U.S. Constitution.

Another section, titled “Constitution/Crossing Connections,” offers original research detailing the six men who both signed the U.S. Constitution and participated in General George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River.

The Washington Crossing Chapter DAR and the Friends of Washington Crossing Park are longtime community partners, both with strong educational missions.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

For more information visit www.dar.org or www.washingtoncrossingdar.org.

The Friends of Washington Crossing Park share the powerful story of General Washington’s daring crossing and interpret its ongoing impact on world history for both today’s citizens and future generations. Through the fundraising and the generous support of donors and members, it helps maintain and sustain this significant historic site and welcomes thousands of schoolchildren, families, individuals and groups every year.

For more information visit www.washingtoncrossingpark.org.

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