(The following information was provided by Kids Voting Shakopee.)
Kids Voting Shakopee, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating young people about the importance of voting, is seeking Election Day volunteers to sponsor and staff Kids Voting polling sites in 20 school district precincts.
The Kids Voting program involves students in the voting process with both classroom and hands on activities. The school lessons teach students from grades 3 through 9 about the importance of becoming an informed voter.
On Election Day, voting becomes a family experience as students accompany their parents to the polls and cast a special ballot on the same issues as the adults. Kids learn first-hand about the impact of their voting as they see the Kids Voting results reported by local news media.
Community support is vital in helping Shakopee students learn about voting through the Kids Voting program and to make the program successful. Kids Voting believes that if kids experience civic involvement, they will create a habit of informed voting that will last through their adult years.
Local businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to support this important program by adopting and staffing a Kids Voting Shakopee Precinct. Together we can work to secure the future of democracy by preparing young people to be educated and engaged voters.
If you or your business/organization are interested in adopting and staffing a precinct or volunteering individually please contact the Kids Voting Committee Co-Chairs, Paulette Rislund (952-496-5028, email@example.com) or Lorri Helkamp (952-380-8230, firstname.lastname@example.org).
More information, including online resources, the 2012 Kids Voting Ballot and a downloadable version of the Voter’s Guide can be found on the Kids Voting Shakopee website.