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    Posted November 6, 2012 by
    Vero Beach, Florida
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    Cheek out our Civic Values!

    Cheek us out!

    This morning our son, Wyatt, wrote a letter to the President. He wanted the right to vote!

    Although his third grade class had participated in a mock election, he was unsatisfied with the fact he needs to wait 9 years to vote!

    My husband, Jim, and I decided to turn it into a teachable moment. We talked about the process and the vocabulary. Trying to explain what a “polling place” and “campaign boundary” was a little tricky.

    The polling volunteers were great! They welcomed us and recognized Wyatt’s role as my “assistant.”

    Wyatt could hardly contain his excitement. It was hysterical, as he intently watched me mark the ballot; he couldn’t help but call out my choices! I would patiently remind him he had to be quite. Thoughtfully he would reply, “Oh yeah – right! Sorry Mom!”

    My little helper assisted me with depositing my ballots too.
    When we returned home, Wyatt asked if he could make his own voting booth. So we pulled out a box and created one for him. The process seemed to fulfill his interest. I also think it instilled a passion for civic duty.

    As a proud Mama…I just wanted to capture the moment forever. I love his enthusiasm and wish I could “freeze” his optimism. During these challenging times, we can all use a bit of both!
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