Get Out The Vote

Grade Level: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords: 
civic engagement
Preamble to Constitution
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A Simple Safe Service project from home: Learn about the importance of voting and civic engagement and take action to increase voter turnout in elections.

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Simple Safe Service activities are designed to spark generous action and youth and family conversations for the good of all. 

Leading up to and by election time, even if youth are not of voting age, they still have the power to learn, influence, and share their voice! It is more important than ever to talk about the roles of voting and civic participation in a democracy. This chalk art activity encourages civic engagement and advocacy. After learning about why we vote, youth draw or write an inspiring message on a sidewalk or driveway (public or a space that you own/live) that encourages those of voting age to vote in local, state, and national elections.  “Go Vote!” “Your Voice Matters!” 

  1. In the USA through Democracy, the people hold the power. Listen to and discuss the song The Preamble! by School House Rock (see below). 
  2. Discuss the question: Why does voting make a difference in the United States?
  3. Define freedom of speech as the opportunity to voice one's opinion without fear of reprisal.
  4. Using chalk, create artistic designs or write messages encouraging eligible voters to make their voices heard at the polls leading up to and during elections. 
  5. Take a picture of your chalk art and post it to social media using #DoGoodFromHome #learningtogive #chalkthebloc #rockthevote
  6. Learn more with this Learning to Give Voting Toolkit
  7. Reflection: Go on a community walk and reflect on how your neighbors are engaging in the current election. Watch to see how people respond to your chalk art design. 

The Preamble!

Additional Resources: 

  • Rock the Vote: Host a vote fest during early voting or on Election Day 

Double the impact of your service by posting it on social media with the Hasbro and Design for Change hashtag #DoGoodFromHome. For every simple safe act of service youth do, Hasbro will donate a toy to a daycare center where essential workers send their kids.

Find more Simple Safe Service activities.

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Learning to Give ... 

  1. educates youth about philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
  2. equips youth by encouraging philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
  3. empowers youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, lives and communities (behavior).