Potential Last Year for Kids Voting Program
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Monday, Kids for Voting of Mesa County is organizing its regular tradition by having students vote in an online mock election for District 51 School Board Candidates.
However, this could be the last year for this program and organizers are asking help from the community.
This voting program has been operating for 17 years and for the past three years funding for the program has been decreasing.
Organizers from Kids Voting of Mesa County say the lack of funding is mainly due to the economy.
They also say most of their funding comes from sponsors around the area and over the past few years many sponsors have lessened the amount of money they provided to the program.
Officials say without help in the future the voting program will end next year.
This is something organizers hate to think about since hundreds of local students have benefited from the program over the years.
"Understanding what the community can do for them if their involved in the community as an active citizen or even more as a voter. Then we think it's an important habit they can start forming,” said Kids Voting Executive Director Martha Graf.
"..That what they have to say does matter and they get to be a part of a community. Their either part of their school community, family community or Grand Junction community. Then, they learn eventually they are a very vital part of the community of the United States," said Teri Lefebre, parent.
Kids for Voting of Mesa County are having a conference on October 17th to help rally support to the program in Grand Junction. The conference will be at the Springhill Suites from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
For more information about the event and how you can help donate go to www.kidsvotingmc.org.