On Tuesday, November 8, 63 Loyola Academy political science students served as election judges in the Illinois midterm elections in locations across Chicago, suburban Cook County, and Lake County. Before heading out to polling locations, these Ramblers completed a four hour training session. Other students volunteered to work for various campaigns, clocking a minimum of twenty hours, keeping a log, and writing a reflection about what they learned.
"In order for our students to better understand how elections work, we require all our Political Science students to actively participate in the election process," explains Social Studies teacher Mr. Mike Barry, who coordinated opportunities for Loyola students to get involved. "It is one thing to read about voting and elections in a book, but actually being the one who is there contributing to the process and experiencing it first hand leads to a much better understanding of what is involved," he added.
"It was wonderful to have students back working on elections after a two year hiatus," adds Social Studies teacher Mr. Mark McGuire '06. "This project serves two critical functions. First, it has been a core experiential element of our political science curriculum, giving our students valuable insights into how the electoral process works. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it provides an opportunity for our students to use the gift of their time, talents, knowledge, and enthusiasm for our democracy and place them in service to the community."