Students get to cast ballots | PostIndependent.com

Students get to cast ballots

Ivy Vogel

No one is safe from the barrage of politics infiltrating media during election season – not even elementary school students.This year, elementary, middle school and high school students in Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Garfield School District Re-2 and Garfield School District No. 16 will get a chance to vote in a mock election as part of the Three Rivers Kids Voting program.The Three Rivers Kids Voting program is a branch of the National Kids Voting program and was created to get kids excited about voting.Richard Doran, founder of Kids Voting Garfield County, found a new affiliate director and will pass the gavel to Brenda Buchanan. Doran searched several months to find a new director, and now he can finally enjoy his retirement.Buchanan is the former development director for radio station KDNK, where she was responsible for fund-raising, membership and working with volunteers.Buchanan will head the massive election that will take place in all Garfield County Schools on Nov. 3.Doran worked with Buchanan to train teachers in the district for the election.Several classrooms are making time to get to know the ballot. Some are even participating in political debates, Doran said.”As we speed toward this important election, I hope to help you all in the effort to get out the vote and educate future voters about the importance of voting,” Buchanan said. “What an exciting time to be involved in this organization!”The Post Independent will distribute Spanish and English versions of the Kids Vote guides. The guides are written by students and simplify election issues. Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.com


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