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Perry Meridian students with special needs holding town hall on importance of voting

Perry Meridian students with special needs holding town hall on importance of voting
Posted at 4:35 PM, Oct 02, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- Students with special needs at Perry Meridian High School are once again hosting a town hall event to help their peers understand the importance of voting. 

This year's town hall event is scheduled for Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the high school auditorium.  The entire school is welcome to attend.

Tim Griffin, a teacher at Perry Meridian, says he tried to implement performance-based learning into his classroom. He also has worked alongside his students to create a voter registration drive for young students to become involved in our local government and register to vote at the age of 18.

The students take over from there, creating YouTube videos and announcements for the school's TV system called "You get what you get if you don't vote" which highlight a variety of comical sketches showing what happens if you don't vote or make your voice heard. As a class, the send out letters to local elected officials to come speak to students at their town hall event. They also have been working to develop a website to assist people with the process of registering to vote.  

"The goal is to increase the involvement of young people in our government, specifically getting young people to vote," said Griffin. "My goal is to motivate these students to become more engaged in the election process.  As special needs kids, they seldom play sports, aren't really involved in school activities, and are often not recognized."

Griffin tells RTV6 that this event each year works to enhance his students' self-esteem and help them to feel more involved in their own community before the venture out into the real world after high school. 

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