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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 23rd Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest website, the theme of which is ​​​​The Strength of Love and the Will to Survive​

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 June 19-23, 2023, 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 living outside of the United States. In addition, first-place student entries will be posted on Chapman University’s contest website. Please note that the study trip is contingent on whether COVID-19 restrictions and protocols are being observed. Students awarded second prize in each category will receive $200 and their sponsoring educator and school will receive $100 each.

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.

2021 Civics Contest Announcement 

The United States District Court and United States Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California are excited to announce the 2021 Civics Contest (Local Contest) for high school students in conjunction with the Ninth Circuit Civics Contest (circuit-level contest). This essay and video contest offers cash prizes and a chance to meet some of the nation's preeminent jurists and legal practitioners. Entries accepted beginning February 1, 2021. The deadline​ for entries is March 17, 2021.  Sponsored by the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit. 

Download flyer here​.


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 Holocaust 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.