October 2, 2020

Dear NLS Community,

We hope you are staying healthy and well. 

It’s hard to watch the current state of our politics and wonder how the divisiveness will impact children’s perceptions of citizenship, democracy, and civic engagement. 

At the same time, as a school that takes its inspiration from civil rights leaders like John Lewis, we have a responsibility to help students become knowledgeable and engaged citizens, who understand and appreciate the power of voting in a democratic society.

Education of this kind, so central to Northern Light’s mission, should not just begin in high school government classes. The work begins now, by teaching civic literacy and highlighting the voices of our fantastic students about issues that ignite their interest, passion, and curiosity.

With that in mind, we present our NLS “Future Voters Project,” a community-wide effort to address the question, “Why Vote?”, through creative projects, posters, activities, classroom conversations, and stories.Joining us in this endeavor are our friends at The People’s Conservatory and Get Empowered, along with our very own Family-Teacher Community (FTC).

See our digital poster below:
We’d love for students to work on a project of their choosing that we’ll share during a special Morning Circle: NLS Future Voters edition, on Friday, October 30th. 

Over the course of October we’ll be working to stress some of the stories and skills associated with voting, and look for expressions and examples in social studies, math, science, music and everyday life. 

We’ll also share examples and resources that children of all ages can draw from, particularly as they think about how they want to answer the question – why vote?

We hope you’ll join us in the conversation! 


Dr. Roy
Head of School 
Northern Light School
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