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Honoring the Constitution

The 917 Society is a group of nonpartisan volunteers dedicated to the preservation of our Constitution and fostering a love for our country among our youth.
Please join us in the fight for the future!

Now is the time for all of us, as proud citizens of this great nation, to ask ourselves: "What can we do for our country?" We must ensure that the values and principles we hold so dearly are preserved for generations to come. The United States Constitution is the bedrock upon which our nation was built, and it sets us apart from every other nation on earth. Let us be inspired to take action and protect the very foundation of our democracy, so that it may continue to shine as a beacon of hope and freedom for all.

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Mission 2024

2024 promises to be a year of growth and further impact.  We need you to help!  Please join us in the fight for the future of America.

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Our Mission

The United States Constitution is the bedrock upon which our nation was built, and it sets us apart from every other nation on earth. And yet our children are often not educated on these important principles! The 917 Society aims to combat this growing problem by reviving Constitution Day throughout the nation.

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Volunteer

There are so many ways you can help! Everything from preparing postcards, delivering constitutions, grant writing assistance, phone calling and becoming a social media volunteer.

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Scholarship Fund

Donating to the scholarship fund is a great way to remember a loved one or friend. Your donation will help further the mission of providing educational opportunities to deserving students.

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Testimonials

Angie McClanahan

8th Grade Social Studies/ELA
Mt. Pleasant Middle School

My students are so excited to receive their pocket Constitutions from the 9.17 Society. They always ask, "Do we get to keep it?" They love having their own copy. One of the ways I use the pocket Constitutions in class is to do a "Walk Through the Constitution" scavenger hunt. I have them go through the Constitution Article by Article and answer questions from each article. For Article 1, Section 1 the questions are: Who has legislative power in the U.S.? This body has two parts. What are they? I do this for each article and section of the Constitution, so that students can become familiar with what is in the Constitution. Another way I use the pocket Constitutions in class is to teach the Bill of Rights. We do an in-depth study of the Bill of Rights, where the students read them all, put them into modern, kid-friendly language, and do a rank and reason with them. We have the Constitution in our textbooks, but the kids are so much more engaged when they have their own copy that they can flip through to find information and learn about how our government is structured. It makes the learning more fun than reading it out of a textbook. I can't thank the 9.17 Society and its generous donors enough for helping to inspire the kids to want to know about our Constitution.

Dr. Mery Lopez Palma & Armando Palma III

Supporting the 917 Society and its movement in Broward & Florida is crucial for several compelling reasons. Ensuring that every 8th grader across Florida & the United States has access to a pocket constitution and understands the significance of the Constitution of the United States & the Bill of Rights is vital for nurturing informed, engaged, and responsible citizens. This education equips young minds with the knowledge and awareness needed to exercise their rights and responsibilities as active participants in our democracy. I am deeply passionate about this cause because it empowers our youth with the tools to appreciate the foundational principles that our nation was built upon, fostering a sense of civic duty and a commitment to upholding the values of liberty, justice, and equality for generations to come. By supporting the 917 Society, we can ensure that our children are not only informed about their constitutional rights but also inspired to protect and preserve the precious freedoms that define our great nation.

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Allen W. Kessinger

For years my department at Stewarts Creek Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee had been concerned about our former, current, and future students’ lack of knowledge and understanding about American Government and Civics. We had been contemplating implementing a civics-based unit for some time but had not found the inspiration to take the risk of losing valuable instructional time in those pursuits. That all changed three years ago when we received our first shipment of the 9-17 Society’s Pocket Constitutions. These gifts where a game-changer and we immediately set about a plan to not only get these booklets (we refer to them as the Blue Book) into the hands of our students, but to fully implement them as the base text for a new program of instruction which is now on The 917 Society Resource Page.

Rodgar McCalmon

What an amazing and powerful site that brings the constitution to life by putting in the hands of our future. (CHILDREN!) We are a Nation that should be proud of what our founding Fathers and God gave us. I am proud when I see our young children reading the Constitution. This is a site that educates not only our children, but all who take time to see its path. It is not political but rather historical and educating.

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Now is the Time for Us all to Take Action!

As Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same.”

The US Constitution is the bedrock upon which our nation was built and it sets us apart from every other nation on earth. Teaching our nation’s youth on the Constitution helps ensure that its principles will be upheld for generations to come.

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