Election 2012: Not old enough to vote, but they hope you will

November 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm | In Gatewood, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 5 Comments

A message for you from Gatewood Elementary students, forwarded on their behalf by teacher Darren Radu (who also shared the photo):

We are 4th grade students of Team Mt. Si at Gatewood Elementary. Our big goal is to have a positive effect on the systems in our world. We’ve been studying the electoral system and watching the election. Did you know that many people who can vote forget to or choose not to? Today we did some service to encourage people who think that it’s not important to vote. What happens in elections affects all of us because the people who are elected make big decisions and create our laws.

We walked from Gatewood to Morgan Junction while we were holding up our signs. We did a bunch of chants like, “when I say vote, you say ‘for America’!’. We chanted: “Vote! For America!” A lot of people honked and waved at us as we marched and chanted. People were interested in what we were doing. Many people told us that they already voted and we cheered for them.

We made signs and showed people that we kids care about the election. We can’t vote because we’re all little, but we’re encouraging our elders to vote. We think it’s a shame that not everybody votes who can. If we could vote, we definitely would!

We hope that you can help us spread the word about why voting is important.

Thanks!

The 4th Grade Students of Team Mt. Si
Gatewood Elementary

5 Comments

  1. I seen you all as I was dropping my dog off at Stella Ruffington’s. Great Job and thank you for your service to the community!

    Comment by KC — 9:58 pm November 2, 2012 #

  2. Well, thanks to the effort expended by these students and just two in particular, the hallway in my apartment building has EVERY door plastered with a “get out the vote” message of some sort. Thanks students for being concerned about YOUR future. It is that important our vote. It is not a right, it is a privilege and needs protecting and exercising regularly. .

    Comment by Chuck Bisbee — 10:25 pm November 2, 2012 #

  3. Way to go, kids! You may not be old enough to vote but you’re old enough to make a difference!

    Comment by CEA — 9:09 am November 3, 2012 #

  4. So great to see our young citizens out there encouraging everyone to participate in our democracy! You are a great example for all of us.

    Comment by Erika Schreder — 2:36 pm November 3, 2012 #

  5. Great job Gatewood!

    Comment by WSMama3 — 7:17 pm November 3, 2012 #

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