MSB-Shakopee has historically participated in Kid’s Voting for the city of Shakopee. Staff volunteer over 40 hours to copy and assemble Kid’s Voting brochures so that the 6000 children in the Shakopee Schools have a synopsis of each candidate. Teachers in the school district use the brochure as a teaching tool for their curriculum on Democracy. This year’s elections had a local emphasis. There were open positions for Mayor, City Council and School Board.
Precinct #1 is located at Valley View Baptist Church, which is adjacent to the MSB-Shakopee campus. Kid’s Polling stations open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., with only a break during school hours. Students arrive at the precinct with their parents, then, as their parents go to cast their vote, students sign in and get their own ballots. Each student receives an “I voted” sticker when complete and a red, white and blue stretchy bracelet.
This year, CCRS, Heidi Keyho, worked the Kid’s Voting station. “It was so much fun to watch the kids come in and bring their voter registration card with them. They took the whole process very seriously.”