Douglass K-8 Students Host Mock Elections
in Honor of the 2012 Presidential Election
Students of the Douglassville ‘Micro Society' Learn Civic Education through ‘Election Week 2012' Activities
Memphis, Tenn. – In honor of the 2012 Presidential Election, students at Douglass K-8 Optional School present Election Week 2012, a week of activities designed to teach students civic education. Activities include mock elections, an installation ceremony and an inaugural ball. Today, students heard candidate speeches. Tomorrow, November 6, 2012, Douglass students will vote on several offices (described below), just as Americans will vote for President of the United States. Several prominent Memphis legislators are assisting the students and will attend the installation ceremony at Douglass, 1650 Ash Street, on Thursday, November 8, at 9 a.m.
Douglass is home to Memphis City Schools' only Micro Society Initiative, a program encouraging self-directed learning and innovative thinking. The program allows students to incorporate traditional academic concepts into the micro society called Douglassville. In Douglassville, students become active residents, employers, employees, entrepreneurs and legislators. Students have opportunities to create, govern and participate in the city formed by and for students, with educators serving as facilitators of knowledge. The students of Douglass founded the city of Douglassville, complete with a student-created constitution. Thriving businesses in the Douglassville Marketplace offer students the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real-world applications.
Douglassville Election Week 2012 activities are as follows:
Tuesday, November 6, 1:30 p.m. (Douglassville Votes!)
Students will vote on Douglassville offices: city attorney, two district court judges, five city council members, a deputy mayor and a mayor.
Wednesday, November 7, 2 p.m. (Election Results and Concession Speeches)
Student election results will be released and concession speeches will be heard.
Thursday, November 8, 9 a.m. (Douglassville Installation Ceremony)
Students will install student legislators of Douglassville. Installation ceremony guests include: George Little, City of Memphis Chief Administrative Officer; Memphis City Council members Myron Lowery, Lee Harris, Joe Brown, and Harold Collins; Shelby County School Board Commissioners Tomeka Hart and Chris Caldwell; Tennessee State Representative Antonio Parkinson; former City Councilwoman Barbara Swearengen Ware, and Tennessee Criminal Appellate Court Judge Camille McMullen. Also invited are attorneys from the Memphis Bar Association.
Friday, November 9, 4 to 7 p.m. (Douglassville Inaugural Ball)
The 2012 Inaugural Ball is a time to celebrate the newly elected student officials.
For more information about the Douglassville Micro Society at Douglass K-8 Optional School, call Brandi Love, Micro Society/Optional School Coordinator at (901) 416-7071.
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