JoAnn Jacobs, a sixth grade social studies teacher at Mid Pacific has partnered
the Digital Citizenship Institute on a project that will make an impact both in and outside of the c
Inspired by Michelle Obama's When We All Vote campaign, the sixth graders in Hawaii will be working with parents who are running for office, as well as connecting with other classrooms around the country to examine questions around changing communities through active participation.
When we recently caught up with JoAnn, she shared, how her students will also engage college students at the University of Hawaii and parents, "I really believe students can learn from anyone, of any age and to have students inspire other students and adults to exercise the most powerful way to make changes in local, state and national communities is by voting in every election. During the Primary Elections there was only a 40% turnout on Election Day. This is an opportunity to raise awareness and inspire voters to actively participate. We hope our classroom will model how students and adults can get involved and how they can research candidates, policies and programs."
GlobalMindED is working with multiple partners such as JoAnn and Digital Citizenship to increase voter registration, voter turnout and civic engagement on our most important issues like health care, education, fixing the national debt and access.