04 November 2010
For some people, Election Day is a day to make a change, for others it’s just a big hassle, but for fourteen lucky Fluvanna County High School students, election day is so much more.
Four years ago, FCHS Government teacher Martha Holt began picking students to work the polls. “I wanted to show my class the most meaningful and precious right we have as Americans,” said Holt. “We are the only country that can change our leader peacefully and civilly.”
On election day, students will work shifts anywhere from four to eight hours long, and they are happy to do it. In addition to getting an excused absence from school, students get to learn the basics of election day and how much work goes into it. While working their shift students will get a chance to do all the jobs they can--anything from passing out “I Voted” stickers, to demonstrating how to use the new polls, to checking people in to vote.
“I think voting is really important and I love helping out the community,” said student Mary Lee Blanchetti. Other workers are happy to have a few extra sets of hands. “The students are an asset to the Officers of Election and the voters,” said Fluvanna General Registrar Joyce Pace.