Today students in LC 5 and LC 6 had the opportunity to vote in a mock parallel election called Student Vote. The students loved the experience. We tried to set up the voting similar to as you would see at a polling station, however we went to each class to vote. What an amazing experience for the students. I have heard amazing feedback from all the students about the process. Some of them were a little bit tired we had a lot of prep to do. Greystone’s results will be announced Wednesday morning after the official election results are in so that students can compare their vote to the official vote. We are in the process of putting together a movie about our experience but here are some photos from our student photographers from our afternoon. Below are some of our tweets from the day.
Our Wrap Up Video:
Decision Greystone 2015 from Courtney Albrecht on Vimeo.
Student Vote is a parallel election program for students under the voting age that coincides with official election periods.
Students learn about government and the electoral process, and research the issues, parties and local candidates through classroom learning, campaign events and take-home activities. On Student Vote Day, students take on the roles of election officials and cast ballots on the local candidates running in their school’s electoral division. The Student Vote results are shared with media for broadcast and publication following the close of polls.
The program aims to achieve the following objectives among students:
- Increase knowledge about the electoral process and levels of government
- Foster a sense of civic responsibility and active citizenship
- Encourage political dialogue with friends and family
- Heighten interest about politics and current affairs
- Practice critical thinking and decision making skills
LC5 and LC6 classes who are participating in the program at Greystone will have the opportunity to vote on May 4, 2015.
In 5A, students have been working on learning about the parties and candidates in the Spruce Grove – St. Albert provincial electoral riding (A list of candidates can be found here for each riding). We have learned about the electoral process and explored a bit about majority and minority governments. We have also looked at how media influences our choices when we vote. Students have also discussed a variety of important factors in who they vote for and looked at which parties match the important issues in their own voter profiles.
Parents: If possible, it would be a great experience to bring your children with you to the polls when you vote so they can see the experience first hand. Please continue having the important discussions you have been having around issues important to you and your family. The students are engaged and excited about the election, and it is an awesome opportunity to connect while helping the students find their own voice.
Thank you for all of your support.