This mural design won a $2,500 prize for Washington’s Paul Public Charter School in the Wall of Rights Mural Contest sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union. (Paul Charter Public School)

Students from local schools took two of the four prizes in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Constitution Day mural contest.

Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring won third place and Paul Public Charter School in Washington took the honorable mention award in the Wall of Rights Mural Contest. The contest asked middle school students to design a mural that highlights the U.S. Constitution and the rights that it guarantees.

Hasten Hebrew Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Sanford Middle School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, won first and second prize, respectively.

About 150 Argyle students helped design a 10-foot-by-20-foot mural,said Casey Siddons, a social studies teacher who organized the project.

Siddons said projects such as the mural help build excitement for social studies topics that might otherwise not interest kids.

“We go the extra mile to make it engaging and make it relate to their lives,” he said.

Argyle won $5,000 for its entry, and Paul won $2,500.

Siddons said he hopes to use the money to buy tablets to use in social studies classes.

The ACLU is planning another contest for this year’s Constitution Day, which is September 17.

Staff reports