100 Citizen Actions

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Keeping a democracy strong requires the assistance of each of its citizens!

Some Americans, like elected officials, judges, teachers, and law enforcement and military personnel have jobs that, by their nature, are directly related to keeping the country strong. But most of us have occupations not directly related to keeping the country strong. So for us, we need to do non job-related things to play our part in keeping the country strong and thus free.

We’ve identified specific things each of us can do on a day-to-day basis which will keep this democracy alive. We call them “citizen actions” and have grouped them into 6 categories.

We have also identified specific citizen actions for school-age Americans.

Actions For School-Age Americans

Elementary - K through 2nd

Actions that Remind Us of Our Heritage
– Ask your parents or teacher about the meaning of national holidays.
– Ask your grandparents and parents what life was like when they were growing up.

Actions that Keep Us Involved in the Democratic Process
– Tell someone in authority when someone does something wrong.
– Read Scholastic News Each Month.
– Question things you don’t understand or that don’t make sense.

Actions that Support Groups with a Special Responsibility For Keeping the County Strong
– Help your teacher

Actions that Help Us Understand Our Government
– None

Actions that Promote a Sense of Community
– Pick up a piece of trash each day.
– Recycle paper and glass products.

Actions that Strengthen Families and Individuals
– Say please and thank you always and I’m sorry when you are.
– Don’t do something you think is wrong just because someone else wants you to or is doing it.

Elementary - 3rd through 5th

Actions that Remind Us of Our Heritage
Ask your parents or teacher about the meaning of national holidays.
– Learn the states and their capital.
– Ask your grandparents and parents what life was like when they were growing up.

Actions that Keep Us Involved in the Democratic Process
Tell someone in authority when someone does something wrong.
– Read Scholastic News Each Month.
– Question things you don’t understand or that don’t make sense.

Actions that Support Groups with a Special Responsibility For Keeping the County Strong
Help your teacher.
– Wave to policemen and fire fighters.

Actions that Help Us Understand Our Government
– None

Actions that Promote a Sense of Community
Pick up a piece of trash each day.
– Recycle paper and glass products

Actions that Strengthen Families and Individuals
Say please and thank you always and I’m sorry when you are.
– Don’t do something you think is wrong just because someone else wants you to or is doing it.
– Keep a journal of things you appreciate and are thankful for.

Middle School - 6th through 8th

Actions that Remind Us of Our Heritage
Ask your parents or teacher about the meaning of national holidays.
– Learn the states and their capital.
– Ask your grandparents and parents what life was like when they were growing up.

Actions that Keep Us Involved in the Democratic Process
– Tell someone in authority when someone does something wrong.
– Question things you don’t understand or that don’t make sense.
– Ask your parents who they are voting for and why.
– Discuss issues facing the country at dinner.
– Go to the polling location with your parents when they vote.

Actions that Support Groups with a Special Responsibility For Keeping the County Strong
– Wave to policemen and fire fighters.

Actions that Help Us Understand Our Government
Read the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
– Go on a police “ride-along”.

Actions that Promote a Sense of Community
Pick up a piece of trash each day.
– Recycle paper and glass products
– Volunteer at a “community center” (nursing home, homeless shelter, etc.) especially during the holidays.

Actions that Strengthen Families and Individuals
Say please and thank you always and I’m sorry when you are.
– Don’t do something you think is wrong just because someone else wants you to or is doing it.
– Keep a journal of things you appreciate and are thankful for.

High School - 9th through 12th

Actions that Remind Us of Our Heritage
Ask your parents or teacher about the meaning of national holidays.
– Learn the states and their capital.
– Ask your grandparents and parents what life was like when they were growing up.
– Watch these Ken Burns films:
“The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”
“The Civil War”
“The War”
“The Statue of Liberty”

Actions that Keep Us Involved in the Democratic Process
Tell someone in authority when someone does something wrong.
– Question things you don’t understand or that don’t make sense.
– Ask your parents who they are voting for and why.
– Discuss issues facing the country at dinner.
– Go to the polling location with your parents when they vote.

Actions that Support Groups with a Special Responsibility For Keeping the County Strong
– Wave to policemen and firemen.

Actions that Help Us Understand Our Government
Read the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
– Go on a police “ride-along”.

Actions that Promote a Sense of Community
– Pick up a piece of trash each day.
– Recycle paper and glass products
– Volunteer at a “community center” (nursing home, homeless shelter, etc. ) especially during the holidays.

Actions that Strengthen Families and Individuals
Say please and thank you always and I’m sorry when you are.
– Keep a journal of things you appreciate and are thankful for.
– Resist Intimidation.