Baldwin High School Helps #GetOuttheVote
Students in College Civics & News Literacy Course and Leadership Council Boost Awareness
Prior to Election Day this year, Baldwin High School students demonstrated their civic pride and produced a full-fledged “Get Out the Vote” campaign. Seniors taking the College Civics and News Literacy course collaborated with the high school’s Student Leadership Council to develop and launch the awareness campaign to help educate their peers on the importance of voting, registering and pre-registering to vote, and democracy, overall.
Throughout the month of October, the students hosted a series of activities, while also creating information materials to help encourage their classmates and provide directions on how to register and even pre-register to vote for future elections. The voter registration infographics were distributed by principal Dr. Neil Testa to Baldwin families and displayed on the screens in the high school lobby. Then, the Student Leadership Council followed with a “Get out the Vote” t-shirt campaign.
The culminating project was the production of various public service announcements (PSAs) by the students. After the PSAs made their debut on Friday, October 28, the Social Studies Department encouraged the juniors and seniors to register and pre-register if they have not already. All of these planned events and quality information pieces were greatly appreciated by the student body.
“The creation of the PSAs began with students researching the history of voting in the United States, relevant statistics related to the youth vote, and learning what makes a PSA effective,” explained Ms. Tayla Plotke, their teacher for College Civics and News Literacy. “My students were then able to work with Mr. Shawn Moran, Mr. Noah Kaplan, and myself to write the scripts and see their messages come to life. I am extraordinarily proud of my students and was blown away by their creativity in writing, storyboarding, and filming their PSAs. My students did an amazing job, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the class of 2023.”
“This is another indicator of how our students here at Baldwin High School demonstrate their interest and engagement into their school and community through self-directed learning,” added Dr. Neil Testa, principal of Baldwin High School. “It is not surprising to see their final products turn out to be of high quality and full of creativity!”
The top three PSAs considered by their fellow students are available below: