You won’t believe some of the animals that presidents and their families have kept as furry friends.
This month’s Trending Topics on GRPS Parent University are on the topic of Race & Equity. So, what does voting have to do with racial equity? With the 2020 Presidential Election coming up next month, it’s important that equity is discussed within the context of the electoral voting process because of the history of voter suppression in the United States. To read more about voter suppression and the right to vote in the US, navigate to this month’s issue of Power Parent Magazine and click on the article entitled “Your Voice Counts.”
Read about our Presidents…and do not forget to VOTE on Tuesday, November 3, 2020!
The GRPS Family and Community Engagement office found some great online resources for families who want to discuss the election process with their children. Keep reading to find out more!
This election, critical issues for families are up for grabs. But if we want to be heard, we need to show up. And there’s one easy step we can take to flex our political power and change the culture of voting.
Take Your Kids to Vote!
Voting is one of the most important things we can do to create the world we want for our children and — bonus! — parents who involve kids in elections raise civic leaders! So this November, when you vote — at the polls or by mail — do it with your kids. Then inspire a flood of other parents to vote with a #FamilyVote selfie.
To join the #FamilyVote movement and read more on the Parents Together Action website, follow this link!
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is one of our favorite family resources in the FACE office, and their Young Voters Guide to Social Media and the News is no exception. Here’s a quick walkthrough of everything you can find at their webpage:
- Guide to navigating election news and media: Learn how to find sources of credible information about candidates, voting, and the election.
- Getting ready to vote: Resources to get ready for Election Day (even if you can’t vote).
- Get inspired to make a difference: Helping young people consider all the ways they can make an impact this election.
- Tools for teachers: Browse lesson plans to help your students make sense of social media and the news.
- Resources for parents: Get tips for talking to your teen about voting and the election process.
National PTA encourages PTA members from across the country to engage with their communities about registering to vote and the significance of the voting process. PTA members can get involved by reviewing National PTA election guides, and by rolling out voter registration and pledge campaigns.
Here’s an overview of the resources available on the National PTA’s website, which were compiled in collaboration with the Nonprofit VOTE organization:
- Voter engagement timeline
- Election guides
- Additional resources (questions for political candidates, state-by-state guides for voting, candidate lookup tool, a voter registration tool, and more)
Empower your student with information to ensure their voice is heard in next month’s upcoming election!
This year, over 3 million students will turn 18 and become eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election, according to data from My School Votes. Unfortunately, in the 2018 midterm election, only 23% of eligible voters under the age of 20 cast their ballots. When your student turns 18, encourage them to follow this link and register as a Michigan voter!
For parents of children who are not yet nearing age 18, but who still want to educate their children on the history of voting in the United States, the book Lillian’s Right to Vote by Shane W. Edwards is a fantastic resource. Below is a recording of this this book being read aloud; the FACE office encourages you read this book with your child, and use this helpful Family Discussion Guide from ADL to continue the conversation as a family!
The following resources are intended for GRPS parents/caregivers and community members who are interested in becoming US citizens and gaining the right to vote:
- The Literacy Center of West Michigan’s free citizenship classes for English language learners – click on the above image or text (872) 529-6004 for additional information!
- The Literacy Center of West Michigan’s Adult Tutoring Program pairs a learner with a volunteer tutor for free weekly meetings where individuals with low levels of literacy can study to become U.S. citizens. Follow this link to request a tutor!
- KDL Resources for US Citizenship