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Seniors Collaborate with School Community Over Voting Lesson

Bronxville High School seniors in Christina Reidel’s political science class teamed up with students in Nina Blauner’s second-grade class over a lesson on voting that generated awareness throughout the school community.  

The collaboration, which took place a week before the nation’s general election, prompted a conversation around the importance of voting and being an engaged citizen. The high school students, led by Will Cioffi, Michael Landy and Jullian McCarthy, shared the Bronxville Teachers’ Association pledge-to-vote banner and asked the second-graders to read through the various reasons that community members gave about why they’re voting. The seniors also read a story about voting and held an in-class mock election that elicited important lessons for the younger students.

“Voting is what engaged citizens do,” Reidel said. “The students can see that it is a responsibility that we all value. They learned that voting on a national and local level shapes their communities, states and country. People who vote are represented by their lawmakers and leaders. Voting gives citizens a voice and it’s something that many groups have fought for throughout history.”

The banner initiative was spearheaded by the BTA and more than 130 teachers, students, administrators and parents have since pledged to vote. The banner has been shared at a Board meeting, BTA meeting, each school council meeting and with 12th-grade political science students.

“Setting an example, taking actions to educate others, and powerfully communicating this initiative by collaborating with all members of our community, the BTA, members of the Board of Education, administration, parents and students is what engaged citizenship is all about,” Reidel said.

The voting lessons will continue to take place throughout the elementary school and middle school classrooms over the next several days as students create ballots that resemble the real one. Meanwhile, students and faculty will continue to share the banner throughout the school community as high school social studies teacher Chris Doyle prepares to hold mock schoolwide elections at the middle school and high school on Nov. 7 and 8.

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