One month remaining in 1 For All First Amendment Challenge

Submit First Amendment lesson plans to the 1 For All First Amendment Challenge by May 1 to be considered for one of 40 $1,000 awards.

Teachers and schools simply provide First Amendment education and submit lessons plans and samples of student projects. Judges will select 40 teachers to receive $1,000 and 40 schools to receive a plaque. There are no restrictions on how the money can be spent.

Examples of students projects submitted include filming a skit, creating a brochure, holding a poetry slam, making personal testimonials, publishing a First Amendment newsletter, and revising the print media policy and getting it approved by the school board.

Berlin High School teacher Shannon Kuehmichel’s class created a newsletter containing information about the First Amendment. “By the conclusion of the project, my (students) were able to make legal and ethical content and coverage decisions and to articulate why and how they came to that decision,” she said.

Freedom Area High School teacher Aaron Fitzpatrick, whose class drafted an expanded print media policy, said. “The amount of work that went into researching, drafting, proposing and defending this policy made its adoption all the more special for my student staff, who now have a much deeper appreciation for the First Amendment and the protections it ensures.”

Click here to learn more and fill out an application!

The 1 for All First Amendment Challenge is funded by a generous grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and administered by ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative.