Constitution Day Readings
In commemoration of Constitution Day on September 17, the HBA conducts several programs in local schools. HBA members present interactive readings in 100 elementary schools throughout Harris County. The book selected for 2016 was So You Want to be President. Volunteers read to 8,981 students in 209 groups at 106 schools in 21 school districts. After the readings, the books are donated to the school libraries. The HBA also provides a special section of KidZone, the association’s Web pages for children, teens, educators and parents, which focuses on the Constitution and includes links and other educational information.
Materials Available: List of books used each year and recommended books provided by the State Bar Law Related Education Department.
Children Served: The reading program has set a goal of reading at 100 elementary schools on Constitution Day, reaching approximately 9,000 students each year. The KidZone Web section will reach students of all ages, as well as parents and educators.
HBA Staff Contact: Bonnie Simmons and Lindsey Ham, (713) 759-1133.
Law Day Readings
In the Law Day Reading program, attorneys (from the Law Week, Lawyers for Literacy, and Speakers Bureau committees) read a book about citizenship and/or the law to elementary classes throughout Harris County. The book is chosen by the Law Week Committee and donated to each school’s library on the day of the readings. The HBA purchases the book from publishers at a reduced rate.
In 2016, attorneys read “Today On Election Day” to over 8,650 elementary school students at 102 schools in 19 school districts.