Caption: Grade 5 students at Onondaga-Brant held a student mock vote on Thursday, October 15, 2015.
Onondaga-Brant Public School’s gymnasium was the scene of a regular polling station, only the poll clerks, deputy returning officers and voters were all fifth graders.
Shannon Curley’s Grade 5 class exercised their right to vote in a mock Student Vote experience on Thursday, October 15. Each student was given a ballot and directed to a voting booth with clear instructions on how to fold the ballot, but not without proper research to make an educated decision.
As part of the Canadian Government and Citizenship curriculum, students have been following the political coverage and learning the importance of voting and why it is not only a citizen’s right, but responsibility.
“We explored why we are expected to vote as well as had discussions about how many do vote and how many people do not,” said Curley.
“This is a great hands-on learning experience for these students and I like to encourage discussion of politics and the importance of making an informed choice.”
Student Vote is mock election opportunity for students under the voting age to vote based on a coinciding federal, provincial or municipal election. The goal is to provide young students with an opportunity to experience the voting process and build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.
Student Vote provides online resources, including a website which outlines all political parties and candidates for students to research.
Onondaga-Brant was one of 45 elementary and secondary schools in the Brantford-Brant riding to participate in Student Vote during this election.