Summer is all about ice cold lemonade, hot sunny days, flipflops, and... CIVICS! Yes, civics. We’ve put together a virtual backpack of civic summer resources for YOU (and your family)! Make your community better this summer. Get out, get active, get local!

Civic Challenge Sendoff

Visit a State or National Park or Monument:​ America is a vast and beautiful land. Grab your family and take a trip to see your tax dollars at work! Find a U.S. National Park near you by going ​ here​. National Parks and Monuments preserve and represent some of America’s best natural and cultural resources. Don’t forget to share the fun on social media using #CivicSummerSendoff!

Write your Representative:​ Do you know who represents you? Is there something you want to tell them, perhaps an issue you’re passionate about changing? Write your representative, be it local, state, or national. Find out who represents you ​here​.

Community Challenge​: All hands on deck! We challenge you to participate in making your community better. Organize a volunteer expedition to clean up the local park; check in on your senior citizen neighbor; volunteer at the local soup kitchen. What will you do to make your community a better place to live? Share your great work on social media using #CivicSummerSendoff!

Summer Reading Sendoff

County Solutions Activity​: We’ve amended our County Solutions lesson plan just for students (and parents too)!​ ​ Identify a problem in your community, then come up with solutions to solve that problem. This activity will show you how to advocate so that your voice is heard.

Summer Reading (Primary Sources):

Read ​The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

  • Try putting the Preamble into your own words. What does it mean to you? Look up any terms that are new or unfamiliar to you.
  • Who do you think “We the people” are? What kind of power does the Preamble five to “the people”?

Read The Bill of Rights

  • Which amendment means the most to you? Why? How does it impact your day to day life? How would your life be different without that amendment?
  • Why do you think these amendments were added to the Constitution? Would our nation be different without them? Why/why not?

Read ​Article IV of the Constitution​.

  • Give a specific example of full faith and credit between your state and another state.
  • Focusing on section 4, how do you see the guarantees of this Article reflected in your state? How about your local government?

Read The Voting Rights Act​.

  • Describe the impact of the Voting Rights Act on the relationship between the federal government and the states.
  • Which parts of the Constitution support the Voting Rights Act? Which parts could be used to challenge the Voting Rights Act?

Summer Gaming Sendoff

Counties Work: Play our fast-paced, fun game, geared at getting you going as a county executive. Can you juggle citizen requests, keep your budget balanced, and keep your community safe? We hope so! Share your score or game certificate on social media- #CivicSummerSendoff