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Other Special Programs for Students and Teachers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Globe.pngConstitution Day

Constitution Day takes place on September 17th every​ year. All agencies receiving federal funds commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on or about September 17th. The Orange County Department of Education and partner organizations offer a number of resources and events for teachers and students.


Heroes Hall

Heroes Hall at the OC Fair & Event Center is a free, permanent, year-round museum with exhibitions, performances, and educational programs that celebrate the legacy of Orange County veterans and others who have served our nation. The two-story exhibition space will rotate themes semi-annually with each focusing on an aspect of the personal stories and experiences of veterans.

​Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Schools are invited to participate in the 25th Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest website, the theme of which is ​​​​Answering the Call of Memory, Choosing to Act.​

Students will be eligible to win a first-prize award of $400 in each category. Educators and schools will also be eligible to win a first prize of $200 each. First-place student winners in the United States, their parents/ guardians, and teachers will be invited to participate in an expense-paid study trip to visit the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Japanese American National Museum, and other sites in Los Angeles, as well as to meet with members of The 1939 Society, a community of Holocaust survivors, descendants, and friends. Funding permitting, this year’s U.S. winning participants will be joined by first-place students outside the United States. In addition, first-place student entries will be posted on Chapman University’s contest website.​ 

Submit your school's entries beginning December 4, 2023. All submissions must be postmarked by February 2, 2024, or submitted digitally by February 5, 2023. 

Attend the awards ceremony at 11 am. on March 15, 2024. Local student representatives must attend in person or via live stream to receive prizes and be eligible for the study trip. 

For more information or to view previous winning entries visit this website​ or e-mail​

National Endowment of the Humanities Grants

NEH offers a variety of grants programmed to individuals and organizations that do the highest quality of work to promote humanities.

National Endowment of the Humanities Grants website.

2024 Civics Contest Announcement 

The 2024 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is open to high school students in nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions. Students from public, private, parochial, and charter schools, as well as homeschooled students of equivalent grade status may enter.


The contest is organized by the Ninth Circuit Public Information and Community Outreach (PICO) Committee.


Both essays and videos can be submitted electronically starting January 8, 2024. Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday, March 8, 2024.


For more information, email us at


Teaching about the Holocaust: Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education

Every year the United States Memorial Museum, in cooperation with the University of Southern California (USC), will present "Teaching about the Holocaust: Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education, a three-day teacher professional development forum. The program will take place at USC and is offered free to teachers. More information can be found by visiting United States Holo​caust Memorial Museum​ website.


James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation​ website.