Constitution and Citizenship Day, a new observance legislated by Congress this past May. Education institutions receiving federal funds are required to "hold an educational program pertaining to the U.S. Constitution on September 17 of each year," the new law states. Among other resources, the FREE Web site--ww.ed.gov/free--offers a special page of federal resources for teaching and learning about the 1787 document that shaped America's democratic government.
National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Famous guests include authors Tom Clancy, David McCullough and R.L. Stine. For details, visit www.loc.gov and click on "National Book Festival," or call (888) 714-4696.
Lights On Afterschool!, a nationwide event saluting afterschool programs. For information on hosting a local event along with suggested ideas and supporting materials, visit www.afterschoolalliance.org or call (202) 347-1002.
National Character Counts! Week, celebration of the a importance of developing good character in youths. To receive free resources for conducting local activities, visit www.charactercounts.org or call (800) 711-2670.