Students Encourage Peers, Staff to Vote - March 06, 2008

Record Number: 3921
Displayed from: Mar 06, 2008 , until: Mar 14, 2008

Fort Wayne Community Schools high school students are hosting voter registration drives this week in each of the high school buildings. The service project is aimed at getting young people registered to vote for the first time. Adults in the buildings who are not registered to vote are also encouraged to do so. Students in Superintendent Wendy Robinson's Student Advisory Council chose voter registration as their service project for the year. As the primary elections across the country became more interesting, students knew this would be a powerful project. Students made posters with phrases such as, "It's your life," "It's your future," "It's your responsibility," and "It's your choice," to encourage their peers to get involved. "Students sit through history classes and learn about American Democracy, but hosting a voter registration drive gives them the opportunity to personally get involved," Dr. Robinson said. "Anyone who thinks students don't care and aren't paying attention to what is going on around them should see the work these students are doing. They are making a difference."

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.