- - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Washington Times on Wednesday launched a smartphone and tablet app celebrating the U.S. Constitution and other important founding documents as part of a nationwide project to empower schools, parents and community leaders to teach constitutional literacy to the newest generation of Americans.

The Washington Times’ Pocket Constitution App, developed in partnership with the nonprofit Essentials in Education, is debuting on the 10th anniversary of Constitution Day, a national holiday created through the efforts of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia Democrat, and signed into law by President George W. Bush.

The app can be accessed via any modern Web browser at Constitution.WashingtonTimes.com or downloaded on Android-powered devices from the Google Play store. It is expected to be in the Apple store later this month.

Included are copies of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and selections from the Federalist Papers. The app also has a fully annotated lesson plan from Essentials in Education that helps teachers, parents and others share valuable lessons about the founding documents of the United States.

Prominent Americans have contributed essays celebrating the Constitution and its essential role today. The many guest writers include Reagan administration Attorney General Edwin Meese; Ray Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies; retired neurosurgeon and author Ben Carson; former U.S. Appeals Court Judge Patricia Wald; radio show host and Reagan Justice Department official Mark Levin; former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; and Princeton University constitutional scholar Robert P. George.

“My generation of Americans was encouraged to keep a copy of the U.S. Constitution in their suit pocket as a daily reminder of the extraordinary opportunity of U.S. citizenship and liberty. With the Times’ Pocket Constitution app, we hope the next generation of Americans will keep the Constitution in the smartphone or tablet they carry with them each day,” Washington Times President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Beasley said.

Added Chuck Stetson, who leads Essentials in Education, “The smartphone has become this generation’s essential life tool, and we are thrilled to empower educators, parents and community leaders with a product to teach constitutional literacy to the next generation. As the app shows, Americans of all walks of life and political viewpoints cherish the Constitution and know how important it is to guiding America forward on its great journey.”

The app can be purchased for $4.99, though schools and educators are eligible for a bulk discount of $2.49 per student. Americans can donate through the Newspapers in Education project at The Washington Times. For more information or to donate copies of the pocket app to schools, send an email to dalexander@washingtontimes.com.

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