Constitution Day Resonates with PGCC Students

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Article by: Jennifer L. Colter

Prince George’s Community College will celebrate Constitution Day on Wednesday, September 17, with a host of educational and culturally-driven activities inspired by this significant time in our Nation’s history. The Constitution Day Committee, championed by Cynthia Jones (Enrollment Services), Shirley Silva-Paige (Financial Aid), and Johnika Dreher (Owl Success Track), has events planned that take place all over the Largo campus beginning on Monday, September 15 in Bladen Hall and the Center for Health Studies.


“The significance of celebrating Constitution Day is that it gives students the opportunity to read, digest, interpret, and hopefully understand that we Americans, whether born here or not, are bound by the words of our founding fathers,” said Shirley Silva-Paige, Coordinator, Student Loans.  


Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in these exciting Constitution Day festivities: 


  • Constitution Day Art & Essay Contest. Students can submit 2-D and 3-D Art, poetry, fiction, personal essay, research essay, film, performance, or cartoon expressing, “What does the Constitution mean to me?” Submissions will be judged on originality and creativity. Essays should be 500 words or less. Art should be submitted as PDF. Videos should be 2 minutes or less. Submissions are due Friday, September 12 to Cynthia Jones ( Prizes include: $100, $50, and $25 Bookstore vouchers, and automatic attendance for the Constitution Day Trip on Friday, September 19. On Wednesday, September 17 from 12-1:30 pm, there will be an exhibit showcase and reception highlighting the Art & Essay Contest submissions in Accokeek Hall, Room 221.


  • College-wide office decorating contest. All offices from all college locations are welcome to join! The rules are simple, show your constitution day spirit by decking out your office AND finding a way to engage students in your celebration. Be creative, we want to see students having fun! If your office is participating, please email Shirley Silva-Paige ( by September 15th2014 to let her know. Judging will take place between 1-3 pm on Wednesday, September 17th. Extension Centers are requested to submit pictures or 1 minute or less video of the office by 9 am for judging. There is a prize for the best office, so get your game faces on. Good luck!


  • 1st Annual Constitution Day Trip to George Washington and Georgetown Universities. In partnership with the College Life Services, Enrollment Services, Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, the Honor’s Program, Laurel College Center, Student Support Services/TRiO, University Town Center, Upward Bound/TRiO, and the Women of Wisdom Program, the Owl Success Track-First Year Experience Program will facilitate the 1st Annual Constitution Day Trip to George Washington and Georgetown Universities with a side trip to see the actual Constitution at the National Archives. This is a free trip scheduled for Friday, September 19th. This cultural college tour is free and open to all credit students. Students can sign up with the Owl Success Track in Marlboro Hall, Room 2102 or if they are at Laurel College Center or University Town Center, they can visit an Extension Center Administrator. Additional information can be obtained from Johnika Dreher (


  • Mini-Constitution Giveaway. On Monday, September 15th, staff and students will be outside of the Financial Aid Office in Bladen Hall and the lobby of the Center for Health Studies at the Largo-Main Campus giving away red, white and blue treats. On Tuesday, September 16th, staff will be at the University Town Center in the Student Lobby. On, Thursday, September 18th, staff will be at the Laurel College Center outside of the Administration Office. You can also visit the Library’s Constitution Exhibit to learn something new about one of the most important documents is U.S. history.


Learn about the Bill of Rights and how it impacts everyday life for all citizens. Contact Shirley Silva-Paige, Coordinator, Student Loans by e-mailing or call (301) 546-0826.  



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