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Teaching Our Constitution, by Citizen Writer: Joni Bryan
American Citizen 10/19/2021 9:16 AM

Teaching Our Constitution, by Citizen Writer: Joni Bryan

If you are concerned about the future of this country, please know that you are not alone. Although the media and big tech would like you to think you are in the minority, the majority of citizens love this great country and are concerned about the direction we are headed. What makes America great? The people, of course, but the next big reason is our U.S. Constitution. Our Constitution makes the people sovereign and we elect our representation. So the people tell the government what they can and can not do. If you don’t know the Constitution and watch the nightly news, you may be fooled into thinking the government is sovereign. Our Founding Fathers were brilliant in establishing our Constitution. It truly has been a magnificent experiment in a system of governance of the people, by the people and for the people. As our federal government continues to grow out of control with the endless bureaucracy and federal funding used to hold states hostage, it is imperative we get back to the principles we were founded upon. It is not what our Founders intended, as they knew the dangers of unchecked power. Sadly, lack of knowledge and understanding of our Constitution has contributed to the attack we see it under today. The Constitution was written to protect our God given rights. The government does not give us rights, but our Constitution protects and guarantees our rights and liberties. In order to protect these rights and liberties, we must protect our Constitution and insure it is passed on to the next generation. Ronald Reagan said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was like in the United States when men were free.”  


We at the 917 Society are on a mission to educate our youth about our Constitution. We provide a free program to honor and celebrate Constitution Day in our 8th grade classrooms across America. Most people do not realize there even is a Constitution Day. There is a federal mandate (108-447) that all schools that receive federal funds are to have a program on or near each September 17th which is Constitution Day, the day our Constitution was signed in 1787. We give each student a free individual pocket Constitution and free online educational resources and videos that teachers can use in the classroom. For 2021 we reached 1 million students in 16 states and for 2022, we are working to reach all 50 states and 6 million 8th graders in public, private and home schools. We chose 8th grade due to the U.S. Curriculum requirements for civics and study of the Constitution. If you want to get involved and help with our mission there are several things you can do. We need volunteers to help with distribution. We are working to establish a volunteer team for each county in each state and are working with the AMVETS organization in the 40 states they are located. You can provide Constitutions for a classroom by donating $25 or sponsor as many classes as you feel led to provide. You can visit our website to donate, volunteer and to receive our newsletter and also spread the word. Let your local middle school principal and teachers know about the federal mandate and our free program to fulfill it. Raise awareness for Constitution Day and the federal mandate by signing our petition here.

Joni Bryan is the Founder and Executive Director of The 917 Society. The website is and you can reach them at

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