In November, millions of voters throughout the nation will head to the polls to select the next President of the United States.
As parents entered the doors of Union Middle School, teacher Brandon Henshaw made sure a lot of people were signed up to participate in the election process. He was inspired by the group Organize 2020 to hold the registration and show students the importance of voting.
“I think it’s important that everyone has the opportunity because there’s going to be decisions made that affect people,” said Henshaw, a seventh grade math and science teacher.
Many parents visited the school for its Accountability Night, which highlights achievements of the school and the event coincided with National Voter Registration Day. It allowed participants to spread awareness about voter registration and how quickly it takes to complete.
According to organizers of National Voter Registration Day, more than 6 million voters in 2008 missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.
Henshaw was assisted by Justin Weibel, an English teacher from Union High School.
“A lot of people feel that their voices don’t matter when it comes to voting, but it’s important,” Weibel said. “I think this is great because it makes it a lot easier for people to register to vote.”
In the near future, the teachers may set up at football games to generate more traffic.
Principal Dr. Theresa Melenas said she was excited that the school was part of the voter registration process weeks before the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election.
“It also helps to motivate students,” Melenas said. “Social study classes are doing lessons on voter registration and what it takes to be a citizen. It’s a good way to model citizenship for our students.”
She stressed the importance of civic engagement in the school system.
“That’s part of our goal,” Melenas said. “Even if we just get one person to vote, that’s one more person that’s going to vote in the election and help make a difference.”
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