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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 ​​​​Living with Courage, Res​ilience, and Hope and focuses on the importance of connecting to others during difficult times. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in ways we could never have imagined only a few months ago. Our challenges are very different from those faced by people during the Holocaust, but we too are experiencing fear, separation, and, in some cases, the loss of people we love. We are realizing that we are strengthened through our connectedness to those around us. As we listen now to the testimonies of those who endured the Holocaust, we may do so with a new sense of awe at how they found the strength to sustain connectedness. We may feel something of that same awe as we think of the first responders who have put their lives at risk to help others during this health crisis. Connectedness seems to be at the very core of what makes us human, what gives us strength and contributes to making us our best selves. When we sustain connectedness, we are creating a world very different from the cruel, cold world—the “world of ice" — experienced by Wiesel and so many others. Through sharing strength we sustain humanity.​​

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 programed 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. 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.