On Behalf of Amber Epling at the WV Secretary of State’s Office:
Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office will be celebrating the birth of the U.S. government by kicking off a six-week, statewide educational tour today on Constitution Day.
Constitution Day commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, which took place on September 17, 1787.
The purpose of the statewide tour is to educate as many K-12 students as possible about the democratic process and inform them of the upcoming mock election on October 30, 2014, that they are all encouraged to participate.
The National Student/Parent Mock Election president says the event has helped introduce more than 50 million children, teens and adults to democracy since 1980. The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office has partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education to encourage K-12 involvement in the event.
“As the Chief Elections Officer for the state, I believe voting is one of our most important responsibilities as an American,” Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said. “As a mother, I believe it is also important to raise good citizens who have an interest in their government. The lessons in school that always stayed with me the longest were the hands-on, real-life activities that gave me practical experience I could later apply in real life. The mock election does just that.”
The National Student/Parent Mock Election encourages parent involvement because research has proved that parents working with their children make a significant difference in school achievement.
The Secretary of State’s Office will be traveling to various high schools throughout West Virginia from now until Mock Election Day on October 30th.
For more information about the National Student/Parent Mock Election or Constitution Day, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.wv.gov/elections/civics/students.