Fleetwood-Bawden Grade 4/5 students participate in mock election

Over the past two weeks, Grade 4/5 students at Fleetwood-Bawden Elementary School have been researching the platforms lf Lethbridge’s municipal candidates.  

Friday morning, students participated in a student mock election. The authentic learning experience demonstrated the importance of civic responsibility and citizenship for the students. 

“The research process sparked rich conversations both in the classroom and at home,” said Fleetwood teacher Jodi Smith. “Teachers at Fleetwood believe that connecting to current events is essential for our future leaders.”

Some students took on the role of Deputy Returning Officers, Scrutineers and Ballot Clerks. Also, nine students were responsible for tallying up the votes at the end and submitting results to CIVIX - a non-partisan, national-registered charity dedicated to building the skills and habits of active and engaged citizenship among young Canadians.

“Our vision is a strong and inclusive democracy where all young people are ready, willing and able to participate,” said Smith.

Students were engaged and eager to participate in this learning experience, and gladly welcomed CTV to film the process. 

“We are incredibly proud and honoured of our students and their commitment to this authentic learning experience,” said Smith. “We have many vibrant and responsible future leaders here at Fleetwood-Bawden.”

Date posted: Oct. 13, 2017

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