For the past 17 years, the City of Peoria has organized a Constitution Contest for Peoria students as a way to celebrate the U.S. Constitution.

The purpose of the contest is to promote an understanding of the United States Constitution to school-age children. Grade-appropriate topics align to the K-12 Academic Standards for Social Studies.

Students in kindergarten created a poster illustrating what America means to them. First through fourth-grade students were asked to describe and illustrate a poster that explains what American means to them. Fifth through eighth grade composed an essay on how the branches of government ensure a balance of power. Finally, students in ninth through 12th submitted essays on what types of character traits, behaviors, or actions are important to preserve and uphold the Constitution.