Kids Voting of Mesa County Survives
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION,Colo.On Thursday, the Kids Voting of Mesa County hosted a conference to help rally support to save the program from extinction.
The program has been operating for 17 years and for the past three years funds have been decreasing.
The conference was able to highlight teachers, business leaders and students to share their experience with this program.
Many students say they started with this program since the third grade and have seen their lives grow.
"Wow, now I can see what goes on behind the scenes and just meeting with people and the opportunities that it’s opened," said Zoe Wright-Ray, student.
"This really goes deep into the schools, gets you to the core like every student and makes them make their own decisions on how their going to live their own life pretty much,” said Koda Marx, student.
"And if you take that away from them. You're basically taking away an American right,” said Blaine McCormick, student.
The President of Kids Voting, Rachel Schowalter says this is very important to the growth of every student.
"That they have a voice and purpose and that their opinions matter, whether it’s on a school board election, or presidential election or a jury,” said Kids Voting President Schowalter.
Towards the end of the night Kids Voting of Mesa County slowly felt the life line dwindle because this could potentially be the last meeting.
Jeff Kirtland represented WPX Energy graciously and donated $15,000.
Kirtland says this program helps children learn the voting process and becoming prepared for life's choices.
"To be able to be presented with good information to make informed decisions for their future,” said Jeff Kirtland, WPX Energy.
Officials say all the donations that were given gave life back to this almost extinct program.