Fox Chapel, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of State today honored Fox Chapel Area High School students for efforts that led to voter registration of 85 percent of the school’s eligible students.
“The Governor’s Civic Engagement Award recognizes schools that promote excellence in civic education and engagement in the electoral process as soon as students are eligible,” said Peter Speaks, deputy secretary for regulatory programs. “These schools help to ensure that each new generation sustains and strengthens the values of democracy that undergird our American system of government.”
The award is a cooperative effort by the Departments of Education and State, in collaboration with Inspire U.S., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to transform young leaders’ inspiration into action. The program offers resources and guidance for student leaders as they educate their peers regarding the electoral process and the importance of civic engagement.
Qualification for the award is measured by the percentage of voter registrations among a school’s eligible student population. Students may register to vote if they are 18 years of age or will turn 18 on or before the date of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
Schools that attain 85-percent voter registration among their eligible student population will qualify for the Gold Level award, while those that register 65 percent will be honored with the Silver Level award. Fox Chapel Area High School achieved 85-percent registration of eligible students.
“We are very proud of our young men and women for being so civic-minded,” said Dr. Gene Freeman, superintendent of the Fox Chapel Area School District. “The fact that our students rallied and were able to get so many of their peers registered to vote is phenomenal.”
The Governor’s Civic Engagement Award was instituted at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Since then, 16 schools have qualified for the award.
High schools can sign up directly with Inspire U.S., which will support student leaders as they coordinate peer-to-peer voter registration drives and efforts to get out the vote. Inspire U.S. also assists with materials and data management, and in organizing school celebrations and recognition events.
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