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‘Vote!’ urges student, staff video

Godwin Heights — “There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter” — former President Barack Obama.

This is the message that sixth-grader Ayesha Medina Marti hopes members of the community get from a recent Godwin Middle School video on voting recently released on the school’s Facebook page.

“Not one of them is wasted,” Marti said, “and if someone says they’re wasted, they’re wrong.” 

The 40-second video was the idea of Community School Coordinator Margie Munoz, who was supported by staff including Intervention Specialist Alex Mosley. 

Munoz went to classrooms to record students saying the President Obama quote for the video. At the end of the video, Munoz talks about how people who aren’t eligible to vote can stay engaged in their community by encouraging others to vote and by contacting their representatives.

“The students have spent time discussing the issues facing our nation,”  she said. Through those discussions, the students saw the importance of being engaged and decided they wanted to do something to encourage people to vote. 

“So it can make a change in our life and to make this world better,” said sixth-grader Nevaeh Johnson about the voting video.

Mosley said he wanted to be involved because he wants everyone to know that if they exercise their right to vote, there would be a more representative government.

“I wanted to be part of this project because only about 58% of eligible voters voted in the 2016 election,” he said. “Every vote does matter when the other 42% of eligible voters could have voted.”

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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