Thousands of students throughout Wake County are participating in Election Day excitement by casting ballots through the Kids Voting program.
Using a variety of sources, students in kindergarten through grade 12 researched candidates and issues in federal, state and local elections, then cast their ballots on paper and online. The process is part of the national Kids Voting program, which teaches students about democracy and civic engagement.
The organization collects and tallies student votes and releases results following the election.
“The kids have done a lot of research on government programs and what their taxes are used for and have formed opinions that way,” said Seth Leasure, a fifth-grade teacher at Forestville Road Elementary School in Knightdale. “They are going to be the future of our country and they need to be able to become informed citizens and take voting seriously.”
Leasure’s students worked on iPads to research candidates for office. They asked questions about issues such as education and Medicare. Forestville Road is one of 61 elementary schools in WCPSS participating in Kids Voting.
“Students were truly looking at the issues that truly do impact them and their own lives,” said Jessie Hafner, Assistant Principal at Forestville Road. For example, she said, one student was talking about her father’s business and how taxes may affect small businesses.