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Kids Voting project could be expanded

August 03, 2000|By DON WORTHINGTON

Kids Voting project could be expanded



The John O. Marsh Jr. Institute at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., is interested in expanding its Kids Voting project to West Virginia and possibly Maryland.

William Shendow, director of the Marsh Institute, told elected officials at the Quad-State Legislative Conference Thursday that the institute is ready to help Martinsburg and possibly other Maryland school districts with a Kids Voting project.

Kids Voting is a national program that provides schools with civic and election-oriented curriculum material. The program also allows kids to cast their ballots with their parents at polling places.

Hagerstown has a Kids Voting program.

Shendow said the Marsh Institute is interested in expanding its offerings in the four-state region. The institute's mission is to encourage citizenship, civility, public service and participation in the political process.

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One of the institute's annual events is its Public Service Awards. On Sept. 21, James Cook, former president of the Berkeley County Commission in West Virginia, will be honored as the Local Public Service award winner.

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