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Constitution Day event to mark 220th anniversary

January 1, 2007
Indiana will host its own "Constitution Day" event Monday to mark the 220th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The one-hour educational event is a collaborative effort by the Indiana Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and U.S. Department of Education to help meet requirements of a new federal law aimed at improving knowledge about the U.S. Constitution. The document was signed Sept. 17, 1787, and thousands of similar programs are planned next week to commemorate the anniversary.

This event is from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Supreme Court's courtroom and will be featured on a live webcast. 

 More than 140 high school students from Marion County will participate in the event, which is part of the "Courts in the Classroom" program through the Supreme Court.

The event will include readings from the Preamble and the Bill of Rights, a discussion led by U.S. District Magistrate Tim A. Baker about the rights found in state and federal constitutions, an interactive treasure hunt for student participants, and an opportunity to sign a large replica of the U.S. Constitution. Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita and Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed are also scheduled to speak at the event.
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