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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.”

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