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Updated Nov 6, 2012 - 7:09 am

Phoenix parent urges school to join kids vote program

One Valley parent went above and beyond to make sure students are learning about the political process.

Janna Ricciardi, who has a child attending Desert Trails Elementary School in Phoenix, approached the principal about the Kids Voting Arizona program.

The program is a nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots-driven voter-education program which is "committed to creating lifelong voting habits in children and increasing adult voter turnout."

From kindergartners to sixth graders, over 500 students had an opportunity to learn about the candidates and important topics facing voters today.

"I think the process is important for kids to see that then generates voters when they are 18," said Ricciardi.

Ricciardi said the kids walked away with an important lesson: "That you do have a voice and it's important that you let it be heard."

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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