NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
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Media Contact: Steve Wasko

High school students in the Detroit Public Schools are getting a double dose of lessons about voting this school year. One in the social studies classes and the other from the Community Coalition made up of community leaders and representatives from various organizations throughout metro Detroit.

The ultimate goal of the Coalition is to register as many high school students as possible to vote. On one of the most important days of the school year, Count Day, Coalition volunteers will spread out to all of the DPS high schools to talk to youngsters face to face and help them understand the importance of voting and the obligation to vote.

“We have seen in the last presidential election that about 500 votes determined the winner. We want young people to understand that every vote counts and Michigan can determine the next President of the United States” said Ernest Johnson, Chairperson of The Community Coalition. “Students must also understand that this election will impact their future and we want DPS students to have their say. Educating our youth today will empower all of us tomorrow,” he added.

Spearheaded by Reverend David Murray and Helen Moore, the Coalition will first make contact with principals to schedule assemblies with all seniors. In the assemblies they will pass out voter registration applications; help the students understand how to fill them out; help the students understand that every vote is important, no matter who or what you vote for; present and discuss their voting options such as using an absentee ballot; and encourage the youngsters to think about working at the polls on election day, if their school schedule permits.
To really help hold the students’ attention, ‘My Cousin Reggie Regg,’ local radio personality, will work with the Coalition at a few of the schools.

During the school year, ACORN has also provided services to DPS in an effort to raise the level of awareness of the importance of voting among high school students.

If you or your organization would like to be a part of the DPS Count Day voter registration project,
please call the Community Coalition at 313-247-0754.

For information about DPS enrollment, call 313-873-7098 or visit our website at www.detroitk12.org.

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