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School of Rock the Vote

Civics lesson teaches teens value of political issues

October 26, 2006

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From left, Courtney Thorne, Lawrence High School sophomore, Amanda Berryhill, Central Junior High ninth-grader, Sunny Boado, LHS sophomore, and Ashlee Jimboy, CJHS eighth-grader, vote on whether they agree with a list of questions ranging from the right to conceal and carry weapons to whether the U.S. should to have forces in Iraq. The four participated in a Rock the Vote event Wednesday at Liberty Hall.

From left, Courtney Thorne, Lawrence High School sophomore, Amanda Berryhill, Central Junior High ninth-grader, Sunny Boado, LHS sophomore, and Ashlee Jimboy, CJHS eighth-grader, vote on whether they agree with a list of questions ranging from the right to conceal and carry weapons to whether the U.S. should to have forces in Iraq. The four participated in a Rock the Vote event Wednesday at Liberty Hall.

Dozens of Lawrence teenagers cast votes Wednesday and here's what they decided:

¢ There should be health care for all Americans.

¢ Same-sex marriage is OK.

¢ And the best pizza in Lawrence is from Pizza Shuttle.

The voting exercise was a civics lesson offered by the Kids Voting Douglas County program. It was among several after-school activities Wednesday afternoon at Liberty Hall.

The New Amsterdams rock band, rapper Approach and dj sku also treated the students to a "Rock the Vote" concert.

"It's a good way for adults to see what kids think about what's going on around them," said Amelia Weil, a Central Junior High School eighth-grader.

Other than voicing their opinions on political issues and selecting their favorite pizza, students could also paint their handprints on a "graffiti wall" and sign their names.

They also learned to advance vote before the Nov. 7 general election. Kids Voting allows students across the state to come to the polls with their parents on Election Day to cast ballots as a way to expose them to the democratic process. The World Company, which owns the Journal-World, is a sponsor.

"Hopefully, this kind of event makes them feel like voting is an accessible activity. When they are old enough, they won't feel intimidated and will be able to maneuver the mechanics," said Margaret Perkins-McGuinness, manager of the Roger Hill Volunteer Center and an event organizer.

Junior high and high school students listen to the New Amsterdams at a Rock the Vote event at Liberty Hall. The event included the concert and a student campaign to elect, among other things, the "Best Pizza in Lawrence."

Junior high and high school students listen to the New Amsterdams at a Rock the Vote event at Liberty Hall. The event included the concert and a student campaign to elect, among other things, the "Best Pizza in Lawrence."

About 90 junior high and high school students attended the program and concert. At final tally, providing health care to all U.S. citizens, garnered the most votes as the top issue of the day.

But Amelia said she considered evolution teaching in public schools the most important issue.

"I think (evolution) is a more realistic way of showing what has happened in the past to how we got here," Amelia said.

Brand Willis, a Central Junior High School ninth-grader, said allowing same-sex couples to marry was the most critical issue.

"Personally, I just think everybody should have the same rights," he said.

State Reps. Paul Davis and Barbara Ballard and Lawrence school board member Rich Minder introduced the bands and encouraged the students to be involved in the democratic process.

The program was offered in conjunction with the Wednesdays at Liberty Hall after-school program.

Past Event
Rock the Vote in the DG

with New Amsterdams / Approach

  • When: Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Liberty Hall Cinema, 644 Massachussets Street, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • More on this event....

Comments

jhawk0097 7 years, 5 months ago

I used to work at the Minsky's that was on Metcalf next to Hooters when I was in HS. The staff's favorite was the Prime Cut w/ those bacon strips, American sausage Italian sausage, pepperoni, and some cream cheese to top it off. Put all that on thin crust and you're in heaven.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 5 months ago

If you work in OP surely someone has heard of it there.

Also, lunchtime buffet. Not as good as ordering a whole pie, but better than most.

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craigers 7 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the link TOB. I might have to try it sometime. Of course I would have to take a nice long lunch from my OP job to try it but it might be worth it!!!

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 5 months ago

Waldo Pizza is located at 75th and Wornall in Waldo. Right next door to Tanner's if you know the area. There is also one in Lee's Summitt although I have not eaten there.

Waldo Pizza is awesome for many reasons one of which is they have 100+ beers available from local to around the world.

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craigers 7 years, 5 months ago

I hear you TOB, Minskys is the bomb. Their meat pizza has freaking strips of bacon on it, not the crumb crap!!! I have not heard of Waldo Pizza, where are they located?

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75x55 7 years, 5 months ago

"Dozens of Lawrence teenagers cast votes Wednesday and here's what they decided:"

...their votes don't count.

Next!

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 5 months ago

"Too bad for me, my wife loves Pizza Hut."

Oh. My wife liked the Pizza Hut. Got married, lived in KC for awhile. Introduced her to Papa Keno's, Waldo Pizza (Because Corporate Pizza Sucks!), Minsky's. This is real pizza, dear wife. Well, real as in American real. Italians still mock us. Anyhow, Pizza Hut ain't it.

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craigers 7 years, 5 months ago

I like a good Pepperoni and cream cheese pizza from Pizza shuttle. I don't know why, but it tastes great. Too bad for me, my wife loves Pizza Hut.

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prioress 7 years, 5 months ago

Xeno: I think a lot of good things would go away if Christianity died, and the teachings of Jesus were totally lost.

I agree. IF the declines in voting continue for another generation or two, our democracy and nation will be even more at risk.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 5 months ago

Craigers - It's the best cheap Pizza. I mean... Gumby's? Dominos? Of course not. I see your point. I lived on the stuff in college. That stupid ad song still goes through my head.

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craigers 7 years, 5 months ago

TOB, that's what I thought, but when you are talking about the best pizza in town for them, it is what they can afford. For five bucks, Pizza Shuttle is the best.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 5 months ago

"And the best pizza in Lawrence is from Pizza Shuttle."

This is why kids don't vote for real.

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Nate Poell 7 years, 5 months ago

By the way, this is a terrific program. Kudos to all the folks who helped make it happen.

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Nate Poell 7 years, 5 months ago

school of rock the vote or die another day after the sunset boulevard of broken dreams come true lies my teacher taught me in summer school of rock etc etc etc.

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