Kids Voting South Dakota (KVSD) is a comprehensive, K-12 curriculum-based program that prepares students to become educated, engaged citizens. In addition to teaching the importance of voting and the election process, students learn to be responsible decision-makers, a trait that carries over into adulthood. In fact, communities with a KVSD program show an eight to 15 percent higher adult voter turnout than those without it.
Students learn about our democracy through hands-on, action-oriented classroom lessons along with community and family involvement. Activities may include at-home discussions, community projects and students voting at the polls with their parents.
Our mission is to secure the future of democracy by preparing young people to be educated, engaged citizens.
Currently we are very busy getting ready for the Nov. 4 General Election. Ballots have been mailed out to schools around the state, and teachers are preparing their students to vote as well. To learn more about KVSD, please call us at 605-341-4311 or email Tamara Heidinger-Larson, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids Voting South Dakota Advisory Board
Jim Ragatz, Chair
Rob Timm, Treasurer
JoAnne Bohl, Secretary
Sec. of State Shantel Krebs
Rep. Dan Ahlers
Sam Shaw (SD Education Dept. Rep.)
Tamara Heidinger-Larson, Director of Kids Voting SD (staff)