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Using Creativity to Get Out the Vote

2012 October 22

This year’s Election has given educators across the district a great starting point for teaching about civics, democracy and the electoral process.

What’s been most inspiring to me is seeing all the creative ways HISD has been getting the message out about the importance of voting..

King ECC learns what voting means

Just look at the videos produced by staff and students at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Early Childhood Center. The school used songs by The Temptations and M.C. Hammer to help the children understand what voting means.

Across the district, schools have been embracing the Nov. 6 election as an opportunity to learn about citizenship, whether it’s been passing out handbills to encourage early voting or decorating their campus in red, white and blue.

The stakes are high. Voters will be deciding on the district’s proposed $1.89 billion bond to rebuild and renovate 38 campuses and improve safety and technology at all HISD campuses. Find out more about the bond proposal here.

When early voting begins on Monday, I hope you’ll “Be First to Vote on the Last Item on the Ballot,” as urged by another district-produced video.

No matter the outcome on Election Day, we can all claim victory if people turn out to vote.

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