Tips for Good Citizenship


Below is a list of suggested activities that will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about how your community operates and encourage you to become a more active participant in your community:

  • Read the newspaper and stay informed on local, national and international news
  • Attend a city council, town hall or school board meeting
  • Volunteer for a local charitable organization
  • Write a letter to someone in the military thanking them for their service
  • Learn the history and significance of each federal holiday and celebrate these holidays with family and friends
  • Write a letter to someone else who works for the government such as a policeman, a judge, a teacher or a bus driver and ask them to tell you all about their job
  • Volunteer to clean up a local park or roadway
  • Ask someone over the age of 18 about important issues in an upcoming election
  • Send a care package to soldiers deployed overseas
  • Write a letter to a public official who represents you (on either the local or national level) about an issue that is important to you

  • Brainstorm solutions with your friends/classmates about issues you see in your community, then share your ideas with your teachers and parents
  • Ask your parent, teacher or another adult to describe their role and responsibilities while serving on jury duty
  • Visit a local or federal court and ask to watch a trial
  • Familiarize yourself with The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence and other important national documents
  • Ask your parents and teachers about the different levels of taxes and what they help pay for
  • Write a note to someone from a different country and ask about their roles and responsibilities as a citizen and how they differ from your own
  • Read a book about American history
  • Visit a national historic landmark or national monument
  • Take a field trip to your state capitol and learn how your local government operates
  • Write a letter to a school in a different state and inquire about what makes their school unique and special
  • Plan a trip to visit one of many national parks in our country
  • Visit a local museum or cultural center