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November 01, 2010

Vermont Votes for Kids Kicks Off Statewide Student Mock Election

Today, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz addressed 300 students of Lamoille Union Middle School about the importance of voting. With this event, Vermont Votes for Kids kicked off its 2010 student mock election program. Tomorrow, Lamoille middle school students will participate in a voting process that closely mimics the real thing. In addition to voting a mock election ballot, the middle school will be holding their student council elections. Lamoille teachers, including Joseph Murphy, Marc Gilbertson, Deirdre Fournier, Cori Rockwood, Brian Long, and Liam Callahan, have organized a comprehensive program to engage students through learning by doing. They have been using Vermont Votes for Kids materials produced by the office of the Secretary of State.

Markowitz said “We must teach our kids the value of voting at the earliest ages. By involving youth in the election process today we can secure the future of our democracy tomorrow. We are pleased that many teachers across the state are doing more than just offering mock ballots to students. They have built lessons around candidate research, understanding the critical campaign issues at local, state, and federal levels, as well as a study of how elections work.”

Vermont Votes for Kids is a civics curriculum and mock election program sponsored by the Secretary of State’s Office that is being used in schools all over Vermont. Before casting their ballots, students participate in a multidisciplinary curriculum that is available online. These studies help students learn to research candidates and help them understand how elections work. A six-week Newspaper in Education series entitled Democracy in Action is distributed by daily newspapers across the state to supplement the Vermont Votes for Kids program.

Secretary of State Markowitz adds, “Vermont Votes for Kids is a comprehensive solution to a complex problem. Democratic renewal will only be possible if parents and leaders in education, business, government, politics and the media commit themselves to a new, energetic creative strategy for reconnecting American youth to politics and public life. My hope is that Vermont Votes for Kids will help us ensure that our next generation of Vermonters will be active participants in democracy.”

For more information, to access the Vermont Votes for Kids curriculum, and to view the Democracy in Action series, please visit http://www.sec.state.vt.us/kids/

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: November 01, 2010 13:06:50