In 2012, during a final push to encourage voter turnout, Manhattan Country School’s 5- and 6-year-olds asked everyone to “Vote for Me Until I Can.”
“I would like to bring about a change, but I’m too young to play the voting game. Won’t somebody hear my plea and go to the polls and vote for me?” the students sing. “Mommy, daddy, take a stand. Vote for me until I can. Sister, brother, take my hand. Vote for me until I can. College students, woman or man, vote for me until I can.”
The video, filmed in the students’ music class, was taken as part of the Odyssey Initiative, a project led by three educators that seek innovative educational practices across the country in anticipation of launching a school based on those effective models.
Manhattan Country School’s youth, even without the ability yet to vote, are actively engaging in political activism this election year.
Learn more about activism at Manhattan Country School: http://www.manhattancountryschool.org/program/lower-upper-schools/community-activism