Pro Constitution Essay Contest

Teachers are invited to have their students enter the American Freedom Essay Contest to win a free field trip of Historic Philadelphia for their entire class.

In honor of Constitution Day, The Constitutional Walking Tour wants students to give their views about American freedom. The American Freedom Essay Contest challenges educators to get their students to write a 100-300 word essay on the importance of freedom in their lives. Entries will be judged in Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories with the winner in each category earning a free field trip with The Constitutional Walking Tour for his/her class.


  • Step 1 - Review The Constitutional's many free educational resources available at by visiting
  • Step 2 - Prepare for the contest by having your students find an example of a freedom like Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Assembly in The Philadelphia Inquirer or your local hometown newspaper.
  • Step 3 - Have your students write their own individual essays on "How a particular American freedom (i.e., Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Vote, Freedom of Assembly) makes people's lives better."
    Elementary School Students (grades 1-5) are required to write an essay of approximately 100 (one hundred) words. Middle School Students (grades 6-8) and High School Students (grades 9-12) are required to write an essay not to exceed 300 (three hundred) words.
  • Step 4 - Collect the essays from your students.
    Note: All entries for grades 3-12 must be typed. Entries for grades 1-2 can either be typed or handwritten in neat legible writing, by an adult if necessary.
  • Step 5 - Review the Contest Terms & Conditions
  • Step 6 - Submit the essays from your students by Friday, October 13, 2017.

    All entries can either be submitted online at or via the U.S. Mail to the address below:

    American Freedom Essay Contest
    c/o The Constitutional Walking Tour
    P.O. Box 2066
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Please note that each essay entry submitted via U.S. Mail must also include the contest entry form (PDF format). Handwritten entries from grades 1-2 must be submitted in hard copy along with the contest entry form via U.S. Mail to the address above.

USE THE NEWS to prepare for the contest by finding an example of a freedom like Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Vote or Freedom of Assembly in The Philadelphia Inquirer or your local newspaper. Write how this freedom makes people's lives better.

Winners are usually announced some time in early December each year.

Previous Winners 
You can read previous years' winning entries in the American Freedom Essay Contest by clicking here.

Entries become the property of The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia and may be published. Please read the contest's full terms and conditions.

To sumbit essays online, please complete the form below. Alternatively, you can mail in your hard copy essay submission along with a completed entry form - Click here for mail-in details (PDF Format). For questions, call 215.525.1776 or email us at

Deadline for entries is Friday, October 13, 2017.

Thank You for Your Support!
We are grateful to the following donors for their support of the 2017-2018 Constitution Essay Contest:

Father Christopher Gaynor: Assembly 2115, Knights of Columbus
Cecil Pendergrass: Lee County Commissioner
Dave Stokes: District 5 Councilmember, City of Cape Coral

Constitution Essay Contest

The United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 by 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention – the Founding Fathers. The delegates represented 12 of the original 13 colonies, with Rhode Island not participating.

At approximately 4,400 words long, the United States Constitution is the oldest and shortest constitution of any major world government. It establishes a Constitutional Republic, which is much different than a Democracy. You will not find the word “Democracy” anywhere in the United States Constitution nor the Constitutions of any of the States.​
 In partnership with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, a Constitution Essay Contest for 7th Grade students is offered as part of the Social Studies and Language Arts curricula of Lee County, FL. The program kicks off yearly on Constitution Day, September 17th.​.
sHere's how it works:
  • All 7th grade civics classes will receive Constitution reference materials
  • All students are invited to submit an essay
  • Each school submits the best essay for scoring
  • All school finalist receive a Certificate of Excellence
  • The winners are recognized at a televised School Board Meeting
  • The 1st place winner is awarded a tablet computer; 2nd and 3rd place winners are awarded e-readers
  • The winners earns school supply gift cards for their Language Arts and Social Studies teachers

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