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Delta students participate in Student Vote

October 20, 2015

Students at Richardson Elementary at their Student Vote polling station

 

Just as Canadian adults from coast-to-coast-to-coast cast their ballots in the 2015 federal election, so too did students across the Delta School District.  Nearly every school in the district took part in Student Vote, a national initiative geared at engaging students in the political process in Canada.

According to the Student Vote website, “The purpose is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.”

Teachers in Delta spent several weeks leading up to the election teaching students what they needed to know to be informed voters. Students learned about the history of politics in Canada, the Canadian political system and process, current affairs, and political party histories and current platforms.

“It’s a cool opportunity. We learned a lot,” said Mya, a student at Chalmers Elementary School in North Delta. She added that she did not know much about the Canadian electoral system or current politics prior to taking part in Student Vote.

In some schools, students took on the roles of different parties and undertook campaigns. In other schools, students with special needs were given the opportunity to lead the Student Vote process. Throughout all schools, international students were also given a chance to take part and vote, which was a really great experience for them as many of their home countries have vastly different political systems and climates.

“Student Vote provides meaningful learning that connects students to the world around them and exemplifies the Delta School District vision of being a leading district for innovative teaching and learner success,” said Dianne Turner, Superintendent, Delta School District. “Our teachers put a lot of effort into giving our students this powerful educational experience, and we are so thankful that they did.”

Overall, students really enjoyed taking part in Student Vote.

“It’s great to learn how to vote,” said Ashni, a student at Chalmers Elementary School.

“We need kids’ opinions, not just adults’ opinions,” said Ivy, another student at Chalmers Elementary.

In the end, the outcome of Delta’s Student Vote mirrored that of the actual 2015 federal election results with students electing the Liberal candidate. For a full list of the results visit: http://www.studentvote.ca/results/district_results/7/1/59011

 

Student Vote at Chalmers Elementary:

 

  

Students at South Park Elementary cast their ballots

 

  

Students at Delta Secondary cast their ballots

 

Student Vote at North Delta Secondary:

 
Student Vote at Beach Grove Elementary: