Thousands of students from throughout the Hart School District had a firsthand look at the electoral process through mock elections on campuses, special government and history lessons highlighting the election process and at least two classes that took tours of a polling place. Dozens of students from throughout Hart District high schools worked as official Los Angeles County student poll workers today.
Linda Storli’s two government classes from Canyon High School walked to the polling place at Cedarcreek Elementary School bringing all they have learned about elections to life. The students observed people voting, were shown how the ballot looks and how to vote. Mrs. Storli posed several questions to the students, which were enthusiastically answered.
Also at the same polling place were five student poll workers, Daisy Galvez, Kian Taylor and Zeinab Maaz, all seniors from Academy of the Canyons, and Lance Ayson and Alicia Cortada, seniors from Canyon High School. “This is my first election and I wanted to get the whole experience,” Cortada said. “I am learning a lot today.”
Matthew Brown, a Hart High School senior, was stationed as a student pollworker at the Hart School District Office polling place today and said he was interested in learning more about the voting system. “I’m interested in government and may major in history in college, so this provided great insight into the system,” Brown said.
Linda Storli and her class with student poll workers, Daisy Galvez (AOC senior) and Lance Ayson (Canyon senior).
Other junior high and high schools held Mock Elections, some participating in the California Mock Election. Bowman was one of 674 schools in the state that voted on Oct. 30th, and submitted the votes as part of a statewide program for students to learn about the system. Results of the statewide election are posted on www.sos.ca.gov/admin/news-releases.htm. Several other schools in the SCV participated, too.
Golden Valley High School involved 50 classes that each acted as a specific state that were assigned that state’s electoral votes, to get a better understanding of the Electoral College system.
Hart High School held a lively discussion between a young conservatives and young liberals groups discussing different viewpoints on issues and candidates, earlier this week.
All schools took advantage of the once every four-year cycle to involve, educate and excite students about the importance of voting and appreciate the freedoms that all citizens in the United States of America enjoy.
Hart senior Matthew Brown, a student poll worker, at the District Office polling place.