COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 34

September 21, 2004

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Student/Parent Mock Election and Policy Forum

 

The Virginia Student/Parent Mock Election (VSPME), a non-partisan voter education project, provides an opportunity for students and parents to participate in the political process by simulating an election in their school. Class activities present candidates for the General Assembly as well as issues in the November 2004 election. Students will vote in October. Maggie L. Walker Governors Schools will announce the election results on October 28, 2004.

 

All public, private, and home schools grades k-12 are invited to participate. To register, please complete the form found at http://www.va-mockelection.org/register.html.

 

In addition, schools may register at the above site for space at the Virginia Youth Policy Forum to be held at the Virginia State Capitol October 20, 2004.

 

The VSPME is also sponsoring a poster contest focusing on the importance of civics education. Submissions are due to VSPME by October 15, 2004.

 

For information on these programs contact the Virginia Student/Parent Mock Election at the Maggie L. Walker Governors School for Government and International Studies (MockElection@gsgis.k12.va.us) at (804)354-6800, ext. 3215.

 

For additional information contact Colleen C. Bryant (cbryant@mail.vak12ed.edu), history and social science specialist, at (804) 786-4640.

 

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