Nearly 600 fourth and fifth graders from around the Black Hills
to took part in the Chiesman Center’s Kids Voting South Dakota
(KVSD) 8th Bi-Annual kickoff celebration on Thursday, September 20 at
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Amphitheater.
The keynote speaker, South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant,
stressed the importance of voting and being active participants in our
electoral process. Those attending also listened to local entertainer, Gordy
Pratt, the Original Fabulous One Guy, engaging students in songs he
wrote about democracy and voting and a performance from Rural America
Initiative’s Ateyapi Drum Group.
Celebrating 20 years, KVSD has been providing year-round K-12
civic education programs for school districts and communities around the
state since 1992, focusing on the voting process, citizenship, and civic responsibility.
KVSD believes that active citizenship and civic engagement
begins, not ends, when ballots are cast. Kindergarten through twelfth
grade students from school districts throughout South Dakota will cast
votes on November 6th through Kids Voting South Dakota.