Butte College is celebrating Constitution Day 2010 on its main campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive on September 17. The event will be held on the Campus Center lawn and commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, recognizing all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become American citizens.
“The college is pleased to offer this celebration honoring the U.S. Constitution,” said Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College president. “This is an event aimed at generating awareness about our Constitution and the brave leaders who signed it.”
The kick-off for the celebration takes place on the Campus Center Lawn 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with information and educational booths including those providing financial aid information and clean energy and solar displays.
The Constitution Day celebration also includes a week-long “Constitution Scavenger Hunt,” during which students can trade Constitutional “artifacts” for prize drawing tickets, and quizzes through which students can refresh their knowledge of the Constitution and win prizes.
The law establishing Constitution Day was created in 2004 by the U.S. Senate. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day.” In addition to renaming the holiday, the act mandates that all publically funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the U.S. Constitution on that day.
Butte College will join thousands of public education institutions across the country in celebrating the signing of the American Constitution.