Like many kids, the students in teacher Linda Monkoski’s fifth-grade class had never thought too much about the U.S. Constitution. But last fall, Monkoski asked them what they would change about the historic document.
It was part of a contest called the Citizenship Challenge.* Fourth- and fifth-graders near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were invited to come up with ideas for an amendment to the Constitution. The winning class would win $1,000.
“I was really excited to get to work on such a big project and for our voices to be heard,” says 11-year-old Cami Martin.
The students at Buckingham Elementary School spent weeks brainstorming. They researched existing amendments and debated new proposals.
For Cami and her classmates, all that hard work was about to pay off.
* The Citizenship Challenge is run by the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.