On Tuesday, March 20, Loyola Academy political science students participated in the Illinois primary elections. Over 100 students served as election judges across Chicago, in suburban Cook County and Lake County. Other Ramblers volunteered to work for various campaigns. In many ways, students had the opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to be involved in the electoral process.
Students that served as election judges attended a four hour training session and completed an online training review. Those that volunteered for a campaign worked a minimum of twenty hours, kept a log and wrote a reflection about what they had learned. Through these experiences, many students indicated that they gained a new appreciation for voting.
“Loyola has supported this opportunity we organize for the students by enabling us to continue to offer this experience year after year,” says History Teacher Mr. Mike Barry, who coordinated opportunities for Loyola students to get involved. “We will be offering the same opportunity for the general election in the fall of 2018 for next year’s students.”