Fort Bend ISD promotes voter engagement as part of National Voter Registration Day
Fort Bend ISD (PRESS RELEASE) – Fort Bend ISD will join with nearly 2,000 organizations across the country to observe National Voter Registration Day on September 26 by promoting voter registration among its high school students. As part of a District-wide effort to encourage civic involvement, the Texas Office of the Secretary of State will provide more than 1,000 voter registration applications to the District’s 11 high schools, allowing students to register on campus. National Voter Registration Day is the nation’s largest single-day voter registration campaign.
As part of the District’s social studies curriculum, particularly regarding U.S. history, government and economics, students learn about the democratic process in the United States, how elections operate and how voting works. FBISD’s curriculum ensures that students at both the elementary and secondary levels learn about the role of the American citizenry in the political process.
The District’s participation in National Voter Registration Day also epitomizes an element of FBISD’s Profile of a Graduate. In addition to the District’s Mission and Vision, the Board-approved Profile of a Graduate lays the blueprint from which all facets of FBISD build toward in educating students. As part of its Vision to graduate students who embody the profile’s traits, educators encourage students to grow into compassionate citizens, who show not only concern for others but who are also responsible and conscientious. Students learn to take their place in the American democratic process through voting and community engagement.
“As a public school district, it is our job to graduate students who are able to participate as active contributing members of their community, and that includes exercising their right to vote and have their voices heard,” said Dr. Charles Dupre, FBISD’s Superintendent of Schools. “Regardless of how they vote or who they vote for, our democracy will be stronger when our students are informed and engaged in the political process.
FBISD’s participation in National Voter Registration Day also coincides with the District’s commitment to Project V.O.T.E., a state initiative focused on increasing voter engagement in high schools. Partnering with educators and school districts across the state, Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos began Project V.O.T.E. (Voters of Tomorrow through Education) to promote voter registration among high school students and encouraged school leaders to pledge their support to the initiative. Dr. Dupre signed the pledge and committed his full support to empowering the District’s high school students to exercise their right to vote.
Project V.O.T.E. also has resources for students not yet eligible to vote. To engage younger Texans, the website includes activities and projects that explain the voting process and information on the upcoming student mock election for Texas governor. Visit Project V.O.T.E to learn more.
National Voter Registration Day started in 2012 as a way to promote voter registration nationwide. Research has found that many Americans are not aware that they must register before casting a vote, and that if they move, they will have to update their registration before voting. Another little known fact is that many states have a deadline to register, in some instances 30 days before the next election. The deadline to register to vote in Texas for this year is October 10, 2017. Visit VoteTexas.gov to learn more about registering to vote and elections in Texas.
Fort Bend ISD’s Profile of a Graduate
A Fort Bend ISD Graduate has a rigorous academic foundation, strong character, and is a compassionate citizen .
Fort Bend ISD graduates are empathetic to their fellow citizens, exhibiting care and concern for others; are inclusive and embrace differences are culturally aware; actively engage in improving our diverse community; exercise their right to vote; and are dependable, respectful, trustworthy, and self-disciplined.
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