KARE 11 talks to kids about Kids Voting Edina Click Here!!
results are in – the kids have spoken:
Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine
Representative District 3 Erik Paulsen
Representative District 5 Keith Ellison
Justice Michelle McDonald
Senate Melisa Franzen
49A Ron Erhardt
49B Paul Rosenthal
Mayor James Hovland
Commissioner Bruce Wayne Kelly
Member Mike Fischer and Jennifer Janovy
Total number or EPS students who voted – 3462.
Kids Voting Edina returns to K-12 classrooms and election polls
Sept. 29, 2016Kids Voting Edina is returning to classrooms and the community for the fifth time this election season. The national grassroots, non-partisan program aims to educate youth about the election process and our country’s democracy system.
Curriculum materials and optional lessons have been provided to teachers that align with Minnesota social studies standards. This material is created by the national initiative, Kids Voting U.S.A., which a handful of other Minnesota school districts, and Edina, have adapted for use.
On Election Day, students are encouraged to join their parents in voting on specially prepared student ballots at their family’s official designated city polling place. After casting their own votes, students can accompany adults into their booths to see how actual general election voting happens. Like the real thing, student ballots are scanned and results are reported by Edina Public Schools the following day. Edina High School students will have their own election at school, and students may volunteer with adults at the official polling places.
Kids Voting curriculum differs through the grade levels and introduces the concepts of public service and civic participation. Kindergarten through grade 2 lessons focus on cooperative work and learning how jobs, like police and firefighting, are a public service. Grades 3 through 5 lessons focus on gathering and interpreting media news about political candidates, and include discussions on the credibility of information sources, whether believable or not, and how this may or may not influence voting.
At the high school level, the curriculum offers guidance and resources to help teachers handle tough questions as students raise issues and opinions in the classroom. Kids Voting Edina supports district educational goals, including personalized and lifelong learning, and helping create a community of responsible, engaged citizens.
“I’ve seen such excitement with Edina Kids Voting over the years, with kids showing up at the polls with their parents, gaining exposure to and practice with voting,” said Julie Rogers Bascom, the service-learning coordinator for the district and coordinator of Kids Voting Edina. “We know that one of the barriers to voting is being unsure of what to do. Now that our students are experienced ‘voters,’ they will be prepared to vote when they turn 18.”
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Julie Rogers Bascom.