Originally published September 26, 2013
November’s election is right around the corner, and a group of students from Stamford’s public schools has a message for the community; Go out and vote! That message is loud and clear in a PSA the students put together to get the vote out.
“It’s important for people to vote because I feel like people should have control of what’s going on in their communities,” says student Justyce Fitzgerald.
“If you don’t vote, I don’t think you really have the right to complain really because you didn’t take advantage of that opportunity to express your own opinions and what you want for the city and community,” says student Andy Putterman.
The project was initiated by Stamford Achieves, a program dedicated to closing the achievement gap. In the PSA, the students stressed the importance of being represented at the polls.
“They can’t vote but they do have a voice,” says Andy Sklover, Director of Advocacy and Education at Stamford Achieves. ”So we wanted to hear their thoughts about what they voter can do and what voters should think about when they get to the polls, in terms of the schools.”
“I need to make my voice heard and I can do that through the people who vote and through my parents and through teachers and just the other adults in the community,” says Fitzgerald.
“I definitely hope whoever does take office this November definitely is there for education and is also there for the students, improving our education system as well as the infrastructure of our schools,” says Putterman.
“Our generation are the future leaders of this country and I feel like if we don’t have the adequate education to fulfill our needs, then it’s all going to be worth nothing,” says Fitzgerald.
Sklover says seven students participated in the project, which took several weeks to complete. Two graduates from AITE volunteered to produce the video.
“The students were so enthusiastic about it and generous with their time,” says Sklover.
“We were working almost every night to just keep changing it to make it better and better and better, to make the best product possible,” says producer Vishnu Elangumthazhath.
To watch the PSA, visit the link provided.