BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – High school seniors and elementary school students alike gained a valuable lesson in democracy recently when the groups partnered for an important civics lesson.
According to the Bronxville school district, the older students – Bronxville High School seniors from Christina Reidel’s political science class – joined the elementary students last week to discuss voting and the value of being an “engaged citizen.”
Led by high school students Will Cioffi, Michael Landy and Jullian McCarthy, the seniors shared the Bronxville Teachers’ Association’s Pledge-to-Vote banner, asking the young children to read through the multiple of reasons people provided for participating in elections, according to the district, which said that the older students also read a story about voting and helped organize in-class mock elections.
“Voting is what engaged citizens do,” Reidel said. “The students … learned that voting on a national and local level shapes their communities, states and country.”
According to the school district, elementary and middle school students learned much about voting in the days leading up to the election with many going so far as to create ballots resembling the ones that will officially be cast Tuesday.
The Pledge-to-Vote banner initiative has so far driven more than 130 people to pledge their intent to vote this Election Day, according to the district.
Officials said that Bronxville High School social studies Teacher Chris Doyle shared the banner with additional students Monday and plans to do so again Tuesday, according to the district, which said that the middle and high schools each held school-wide mock elections Monday that will continue Tuesday.