Voting Day at The Crayon Box
On Election Day, members of the Andrews University community over 18 weren’t the only ones sporting “I Voted” stickers. The opportunity to participate in Nov. 8’s voting festivities were extended to Andrews University’s youngest community members—children at The Crayon Box. This year, Crayon Box Director Kristy Conklin opted to let the children experience the joy of voting for themselves.
Conklin said, “This election is such a focus and I am sure the kids are hearing about voting and politics at home. I thought it would be a neat idea to have them vote on what is important to them—food. I wanted them to begin to understand what voting and elections are about. They voted for breakfast and their snack. Even the one year olds were excited to make choices. I went online and found voting stickers so kids can have one like their parents."
The voting process was made simple and fun, much like any ideal voting experience should be. At breakfast, the children were given the option to select one of two breakfast cereals. After making their decision, the children received the cereal of their choosing alongside an “I Voted” sticker. This voting process was repeated during snack time, where the children were given the option to choose between two different types of crackers.
Overall, the activity was received well by both students and staff, many of whom strongly supported the principle of integrating current affairs into the classroom to make them more relevant to the children.
Stephanie Handy (junior architecture), a resident teacher’s aide at the Crayon Box, said, “I think it’s so adorable because they were able to participate in voting. They don’t know what’s going on, but they get a choice and it’s good that they know this.”