Judges to Speak to Students on Constitution Day

 Several judges will be visiting classrooms on Tuesday, Sept. 17 for Constitution Day.

It was on September 17, 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention. The document was then sent out to the states for ratification.

In 2004, Senator Robert Byrd successfully added an amendment to the federal spending bill mandating that educational institutions receiving federal funds offer some sort of educational programming on September 17th each year. The Indiana Supreme Court began offering Constitution Day programming in 2005 with a wide variety of activities inside the Courtroom and classrooms around the state.

Each judge will talk about amending the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions and give out pocket Constitutions to the students in participating classes.

LaPorte Circuit Court Judge Thomas Alevizos will visit Boston Middle School in LaPorte while LaPorte Magistrate Nancy Gettinger will visit Krueger Middle School in Michigan City.