TYLA will be sponsoring a statewide essay contest for 8th graders in connection with Celebrate Freedom Week.
The Texas Legislature created Celebrate Freedom Week in 2001 as a voluntary program for schools to educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was founded. It is designed to specifically focus on the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, in their historical context.
We encourage all local bar associations to participate in Celebrate Freedom Week activities. TYLA and the State Bar offer several ideas and hands-on resources to help your bar association host a successful event:
Participate in the 8th grade essay contest
"The most important right to me under the Bill of Rights is ______ because ...."
Visit local schools
Schedule presentations to local civics groups
Use the following curriculum programs
- Junior Judges (3rd - 5th grades)
- Lone Star Celebrates Freedom book (3rd grade)
- Supreme Team (high school)
- We the Jury (high school)
- What's Up With My Rights? (high school)