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Free to Tweet Day celebrates Bill of Rights

December 14, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
I didn't realize there was such a thing as a Bill of Rights Day, but apparently there is. As a journalist, I've always been a big fan. We're lucky to have the freedom to say what we believe.

Here's a scholarship opportunity for people who want to flex their constitutional rights.

On Thursday, Dec. 15, students between the ages of 14 and 22 can enter to win one of 22 $5,000 scholarships by sharing via social media how to enjoy their right to freedom of expression.

In addition to the scholarship contest, "Free to Tweet" encourages Americans of all ages to join in reinvigorating national celebration of Bill of Rights Day by expressing their appreciation for the First Amendment on social media.

All student posts including the hash tag #freetotweet will be considered for the scholarship competition. Only one tweet is required for entry, however students are encouraged to be creative and enter as many times as they wish using any social media platform, including blogs. The competition begins at midnight on Dec. 15 and continues for 24 hours. More information, including contest rules, frequently asked questions and judging criteria, is available at (

Bill of Rights Day was first established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in late November of 1941. Just days later, Pearl Harbor was attacked and the United States entered World War II. The holiday declaration was largely forgotten.

"Free to Tweet is a dynamic, multi-platform effort to rekindle appreciation for freedoms we dare not take for granted," said Ken Paulson, a founder of the 1 for All campaign and president of the American Society of News Editors, in a press release. "We hope all Americans, especially students, will take time to recognize Bill of Rights Day on Dec. 15 and share their appreciation for the First Amendment."


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