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News release: election2013

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  • 1. Contact: Amy Farrell  amy@generationnation.org  704‐343‐6999          Thousands of K‐12 students experience civics in action through Election 2013       While  Charlotte‐Mecklenburg  adults  may  be  feeling  a  bit  apathetic  about  this  year’s  election,  the  community’s  K‐12  students  are  eager  to  learn  about  local  government  and  issues,  get  involved in the process, and make their own voices heard.    Charlotte‐area students have the opportunity to experience Election 2013 and civics in action  through  the  Kids  Voting  mock  election,  a  program  of  GenerationNation.  This  is  the  21st  year  GenerationNation  (formerly  known  as  Kids  Voting  Mecklenburg)  has  offered  the  non‐partisan  educational program in Charlotte. Over 32,000 students participated in Election 2011 activities,  and 100,000 in Election 2012.    In this year’s mock election, students study the candidates and issues and cast their own ballots  for mayor, school board, and other races. They’ll also weigh in on the CMS education bond and  a student referendum about civic issues: the Charlotte airport and voter identification. Results  of the student election are counted and announced after voting ends on November 5.     The mock vote is being offered through schools, youth programs and online October 22 through  November 5, and at designated polling places on November 1, November 2, and November 5.     LEARN MORE:     • How to participate http://www.generationnation.org/index.php/election/election2013   • Student candidate guide for Charlotte, towns and school board  http://generationnation.org/index.php/site/info/student‐candidate‐guide   • Educational tools aligned to Common Core and social studies  http://generationnation.org/index.php/learn/entry/learning‐opportunity‐election‐2013   • Student video Q and A with Patrick Cannon and Edwin Peacock, hosted by Youth Leadership  Alliance, the new youth council for Charlotte‐Mecklenburg (a program of GenerationNation  in partnership with the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and CMS). http://generationnation.org/index.php/site/article/youth‐question‐candidates‐for‐mayor       About GenerationNation  GenerationNation is Charlotte’s champion for K‐12 civic education and youth civic leadership.  Smart, fun programs ‐ including K‐12 civic education, Kids Voting, Youth Civics and Youth Voice  Leadership Alliance ‐ tied to Common Core and NC social studies standards connect classroom  education  with  hands‐on  experiences  to  build  civic  literacy  and  leadership  from  an  early  age.  For more information and to learn more visit www.GenerationNation.org.