Talmud Torah Elementary Students Show Civic Responsibility
On Friday October 16,Grade 5 and 6 students cast their ballots today for the Federal candidate of their choice from among those running in their riding (the Mount Royal riding). This project was the culmination of the Student Vote initiative, a parallel election for students under the voting age,coinciding with the October 19 federal election.
What began with a tweet to the Mount Royal riding LIberal candidate, Anthony Housefather to request a skype call to Talmud Torah students, quickly became an offer to visit the school from Housefather. Students were also fortunate to have had the Mount Royal Conservative candidate, Robert Libman and NDP candidate Mario Jacinto Rimbao visit the school. Students challenged each candidate with questions they had prepared in advance and in turn the candidates responded to the students, engaging them in discussion, clarifying party positions and outlining election protocols.
Much class time was spent on this project. With teachers as facilitators and using the website Student Vote by CIVIX, as a primary resource, students explored different forms of government,such a dictatorship or a democracy. They researched, role-played and debated the issues, all to ensure that they gained a clear understanding of the privilege and responsibility associated with the democratic process as well as the importance of becoming engaged and informed citizens.
The Student Vote results were kept confidential until after the close of polls in their riding on election day.