Monday, November 03, 2008

another civic duty

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I bet you've all received a billion phone calls from various political parties reminding you to vote tomorrow, so I'm not going to do that!

I am, however, going to encourage you to do something else, in addition to voting. When you vote tomorrow, take a young person with you -- your child, grandchild, neice, nephew, cousin, neighbor, etc. Teach them the importance of our civic duty.

How important do I think this is?

Instead of taking one young person with me to vote tomorrow, I am going to take ten young people with me. We typically take our class on walks on Tuesdays anyway, so we are going to walk them over to the closest polling place, (which happens to be where I vote,) and they are going to get to see where "Miss Catherine" voted, and we'll introduce some new vocabulary words (like "ballot,") and then we'll all get "I VOTED" stickers!

Help raise another generation of voters, folks!

5 comments:

Anna said...

I've already voted but I'll be taking Eliza with me when I go canvassing in an hour!

funwithyourfood said...

Im ALL ABOUT the voting... I may even go to an election night get-together :)
and I'm very sad that since I did absentee ballot I get no sticker :(

Cafe Cyan said...

Maybe they have kids voting where you'll be...I'm volunteering tonight at one in St. Paul. It's always fun to see the little kids vote.

-Crystal

Courtney said...

Yay for voting! I already voted today...there were no kids there (but I voted at an elementary school, so I guess there WERE kids there), but I remember going to vote with my mom when I was little. It made a huge impression on me--I still remember she/we voted at the fire station and I remember her explaining to me what she was doing and why it was so important. When you are little, "the president" sounds super impressive and important, and I remember thinking how cool it was my mom was having a say in choosing the president :o)

I hope your kids learned a lot today and enjoyed the experience!

Courtney

Bex said...

I could not agree more. There are so many situations where people decide not to do something because it is unfamiliar and therefore uncomfortable. If voting is introduced to kids as they are growing up they will have not only a better understanding of how to actually go and vote but also a better basic understanding of how our government works (knowledge which is lacking in many people).
Thanks for doing such great work! I hope you all had fun.