Families play an important role in shaping their children to be good citizens—including exercising their right to vote. Whenever it’s election season in Texas, that presents an opportunity to talk with our kids about civics and government.
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Our Mission: Advocacy for Quality Education
San Antonio Charter Moms is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and part of our mission is to advocate for high quality education in San Antonio. On all of our platforms, especially in the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook, we share news and promote constructive dialogue to help parents make up their minds about education issues and candidates. We encourage members to know who represents them at the state and local level, and know how to reach out to them to get their voices heard. However, we do not endorse candidates.
How to Exercise Your Right to Vote
I enjoy taking my kids with me when I vote so they can watch me set an example. Also, isn’t it cute when kids wear those “Future Voter” stickers?
It’s a good idea to look at a sample ballot before you go to the polling place. Here are some non-partisan resources to help you plan ahead:
Bexar County Elections Department—find early voting locations and hours; download a sample ballot for your precinct
Historical Documents for Civics Education
A good way to talk to your kids about our government is to look back to the original documents. Here are some online resources:
The Declaration of Independence at the National Archives
The Constitution of the United States at the National Archives
Educational resources from the National Constitution Center
“Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
“A Nation’s Story: ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?'” (about Frederick Douglas’s speech on July 5, 1852) at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
Charter Moms Chats
Watch Inga Cotton’s message on civics and teaching your kids about the right to vote on Charter Moms Chats on July 2, 2020.
For more ideas about summer experiences you can do while learning at home with your kids, visit the main page, Charter a Voyage of Learning.
About the Author
Inga Cotton is the Founder and Executive Director of San Antonio Charter Moms. Ever since her kids were babies, she has been taking them to places around town, including early voting sites, as a way to shape their education.