FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, October 19, 2006
Nancy Gilder, MOEC
DPS STUDENT ARTISTS HONORED IN KIDS VOTING POSTER CONTEST
Students interpret “My Vote Gives Me Power” theme in diverse artistic styles
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper, Colorado First Lady Frances Owens and Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet recognized nine Denver Public Schools students and their artwork today at a ceremony honoring the Kids Voting poster contest winners at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building. Kids Voting Denver sponsored the competition for which students created posters representing the theme “My Vote Gives Me Power.”
“Civics education activities like Kids Voting help build our future citizenry, teaching kids voting basics and the meaning of democracy,” said Mayor Hickenlooper, who talked about the importance of voting and being an active citizen.
“The connection of art to civics education is a great way for young people to come to understand their role as civic leaders,” said Superintendent Michael Bennet, who presented awards to the student artists.
Nine Denver Public School students were awarded prizes for first, second and third place at the elementary, middle and high school levels:
Elementary School Winners
First: Alan Rickli, Carson Elementary, Grade 4
Second: Gabriel Mendoza, Castro Elementary, Grade 3
Third: Rebecca Juy Gubrud, Ellis Elementary, Grade 2
Middle School Winners
First: Adarel Ricardo Tellez, Emerson Street School, Grade 8
Second: Victor Dominguez, Emerson Street School, Grade 8
Third: Lawrence Pham, Martin Luther King, Grade 8
High School Winners
First: Ricardo Ronolo, George Washington, Grade 11
Second: Jeremy Sanders, George Washington, Grade 12
Third: Eric Rodriguez, Manual Leadership, Grade 10
Approximately 30 poster entries will be on display in the Webb Building atrium, 201 W. Colfax Ave., from October 18 to October 21.
First-place winners received a $50 cash gift, courtesy of a community assistance grant Wells Fargo awarded to Kids Voting Denver. The Children’s Museum, Barnes and Noble, The Tattered Cover, Build-A-Bear Workshop and The Wizard’s Chest contributed prizes for second- and third-place winners.
Online Voting for Students
This fall, Kids Voting will offer simulated voting online in Denver schools for the first time. Interested teachers can register their students to vote and soon will receive a modified Denver ballot to study. While online, students will have access to biographical information about school board candidates and pro/con information about the issues. Each student is given an Individual Student Voting Number and can vote at school or wherever they have Internet access. The deadline for teachers to notify Kids Voting Denver that they want to participate in online voting is noon on Friday, October 21, 2005. Teachers should send an e-mail with their school name, number of students and teacher name to DenverKidsVote@aol.com.
Kids Voting Denver is a community partnership of the Mayor’s Office for Education and Children, Denver Public Schools, The Children’s Hospital, Denver Election Commission, Denver League of Women Voters, Girls Inc., and Girl Scouts-Mile Hi Council.
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