By Kelly H. Payne, Social Studies Teacher
Rock the Vote Launches ‘Democracy Day’ on 3/23
In partnership with the National Education Association,
educators around the country commit to teach Democracy Class.
WHAT: On Democracy Day in every state across the country more than 800 educators will commit to teaching Rock the Vote’s Democracy Class lesson plan to students in a massive push towards civic engagement. Democracy Class is a one-class-period program that uses pop culture, video, a classroom discussion and a mock election to teach young people the skills to navigate the elections process and engage as active citizens. (www.democracyclass.com)
The Democracy Day launch coincides with the 40th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment, which gave 18 year olds the right to vote. Educators and students worked together and in doing so, they amended the Constitution and empowered millions of American citizens to have a say in our democracy.
WHO: Democracy Day is a partnership between Rock the Vote and the National Education Association, enabling educators, student organizations, youth groups and after school programs to bring this curriculum to Irmo.
WHEN: 1:15 – 2:30pm
WHERE: Dutch Fork HS 1400 Old Tamah Rd Irmo, SC 29063
Democracy Day is a partnership between Rock the Vote and the National Education Association, enabling educators, student organizations, youth groups and after-school programs to bring Rock the Vote’s Democracy Class program to young people across the nation.
The first annual Democracy Day launch marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment, which gave 18-year-olds the right to vote. Educators and students worked together, and in doing so they amended the Constitution and empowered millions of American citizens to have a say in our democracy.
Please RSVP in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: www.democracyday.com/ www.democracyclass.com
About Democracy Class
Rock the Vote's Democracy Class program is designed to educate and excite high school students about voting, elections and governance. This non-partisan lesson plan uses music, pop culture, video, classroom discussion and a mock election to teach young people the skills to navigate the elections process and engage as active citizens. In 2011, which marks the 40th anniversary of the 26th Amendment that gave 18-year-olds the right to vote, Rock the Vote is working with national and local partners to announce Democracy Day asking educators and organizations to bring Democracy Class to students. For more information visit democracyclass.com or democracyday.com.
About Rock the Vote
www.rockthevote.comRock the Vote
Rock the Vote's mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country. Using music, popular culture, new technologies and grassroots organizing for more than 20 years, Rock the Vote has registered more than 5 million young people, including a record-shattering 2.5 million registration downloads in the historic 2008 election. In 2010, Rock the Vote logged more than 300,000 voter registration downloads as part of the largest midterm election outreach strategy in our organization's history. As the tidal wave of Millennial generation voters continues to establish its power at the polls, Rock the Vote will register millions more young people and make their voices heard. In 2011, Rock the Vote will lead the charge toward making our electoral process more accesible to young people through our high school civics program, Democracy Class, by rallying young people to stop unfair registration laws, and educating prospective 2012 candidates on how to incorporate young people in their campaigns.
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