Kids Voting Mt. Rushmore Kickoff scheduled for Sept. 18
The Chiesman Center for Democracy’s Kids Voting South Dakota (KVSD) program is pleased to announce that the Kids Voting South Dakota Mt. Rushmore Kickoff will be held on Sept. 18 at 10 am at the national memorial amphitheater. KVSD holds this event every two years to help get area Kids Voting students, schools, parents, and communities excited about voting.
Fifth and sixth grade students from area KVSD schools not only will visit the Shrine of Democracy, but also will learn about the importance of voting and being engaged citizens. Secretary of State Jason Gant will be the featured speaker, and there will be voting–themed entertainment as well. This fun and educational event serves to kickoff KVSD activities leading up to the General Election on Nov. 4.
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The Kids Voting Site Commitment Form for participating schools is now available. Click the document icon below to download. Please fill out and return to the Chiesman Center for Democracy, ATTN: Robin EH. Bagley, 1641 Deadwood Ave., Rapid City, SD 57702. You may also fax it to 605-341-3902 or email it to email@example.com.
For more information on Kids Voting South Dakota, please call the Chiesman Center for Democracy at 605-341-4311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using this information-protected application, any registered South Dakota voter now has the ability to discover where they may vote, what is on their ballot, and any additional voter registration and election information pertaining to the user. Click here to go to the Secretary of State's website for more information.
This weekend a team of students from St. Thomas More High School will head to the We the People National Finals in Washington, DC. St. Thomas More’s team, coached by Jeannine Gibson, won the South Dakota We the People State Competition in Pierre last November and will compete against other state champions from around the nation.
The competition consists of a simulated congressional hearing with six units in which students answer questions about the interpretation of the Constitution. St. Thomas More will compete on Saturday and Sunday at the campus of George Mason University. Monday’s hearings will be held on Capitol Hill.
South Dakota’s We the People program is a school curriculum created by the Center for Civic Education and is based out of the Chiesman Center for Democracy in Rapid City. The curriculum utilizes a text for elementary, middle school, and high school students, teaching them about the United States Constitution. The culminating activity for students is participation in a simulated congressional hearing. Sponsors for the competition are the Chiesman Center for Democracy and the South Dakota Humanities Council.
For more information on the program, please call the Chiesman Center for Democracy at 605-341-4311 or email email@example.com.
The 17th Annual Kids Voting Liberty Ball Game raised a record-breaking $14,138 this week in Pierre. The South Dakota Senate and South Dakota House of Representatives took to the hardwood at Riggs High School to once again raise money for Kids Voting South Dakota, which teaches more than 31,000 South Dakota students about voting, democracy and citizenship.
The Senate came away victorious with a score of 135 – 110 over the House. However, Rep. Jim “The Rifleman” Bolin was the man of the evening in sinking 52 out of 60 free-throws, earning him the title of “Free-Throw Hotshot.” The Liberty Ball Game is a “fun” game with two quarters of alternate rules, allowing for purchased free-throws, call reversals, and team “hog housing.” In addition to raising funds for Kids Voting, the game brings a bit of levity to each legislative session with some good-natured competition.