Category Archives: Kids Voting Brownsville

Patriotism Alive – KV Brownsville

Educators attended the third annual “Patriotism Alive” teachers’ workshops hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement’s Kids Voting USA – Brownsville (KVUSA-B) affiliate and the Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) on July 24th and 25th. The workshops were open to all Brownsville schools and were conducted on the University of Texas at Brownsville campus.

The goal of the workshops was to introduce the great resources Kids Voting USA has to offer and to provide teachers with materials to assist in promoting KVUSA-B programming. The knowledge gained at the workshops aimed to sufficiently prepare attendees to effectively “train” their campuses.

Through participation, attendees learned how to:

· register and access curriculum activities that can be easily utilized in the classroom,

· vote via the DoubleClick Democracy online voting system, and

· apply alternative methods of introducing Celebrate Freedom Week materials.

Over 45 educators attended the 3-hour trainings and BISD. Attendees included teachers from public, private, and charter schools in Brownsville.

KV Brownsville Hosts Art and Multimedia Contests

“The Voting Process: Does your voice count?” was the theme of the Kids Voting Brownsville Spring 2012 Art and Multimedia Contests that were open to students in all Brownsville schools.

Winners from among the more than 70 submissions were announced in late April after being judged by members of the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College community and members of the Brownsville community.

The contests gave Brownsville students the opportunity to display their knowledge of civic responsibilities in creative ways. Elementary students’ artwork was judged on creativity and adherence to theme. Middle school students’ multimedia projects – included photo stories, PowerPoint presentations or videos – were judged on creativity, adherence to theme and effort.