Your vote is your voice, your choice. Voting gives you an opportunity for change and can make a difference how things are done in the country, in your community and even in your school. Please go to our Mock Election page to vote for your favorite book character. We will announce the winner next week here in the blog.
Protest happen around the world in countries with different types of government. What makes protest special in our democracy? The right to protest is protected by the Constitution in the first amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
5 Days of Democracy- Meet Rocky River Councilwoman Christine Morris!
What kind of work does City Council do for the city of Rocky River?
City Council in Rocky River researches and votes on legislation. Most of that legislation is about how the city spends money and what projects that the city would like to do. One of us is usually given a proposal by one of the departments in the city about how they suggest we spend money or projects they deem we need. We question and research alongside said department, present to all council members, and take a vote.
What kind of experience or skill requirements are there to run for council?
The only requirement to run for council is that you be a resident of Rocky River for one year. It’s helpful though if you like talking to people and can speak in front of people. I’m still working on public speaking!!
Why did you decide it was important to run for council?
I wanted the council to be representative. There were no women on council, nor were there any Democrats.
Sometimes people feel like their vote doesn’t count. Do you feel that every vote was important in your election?
YES!! I won the race by around 16 votes. That’s very few in a town of 20,000.
How can citizens be involved in city council?
Citizens can come to meetings, they can present ideas to the council or to the mayor, they can work with the city in other groups like the Green Team or the Beautification Committee. They can serve on other city boards and organizations, like the Building and Zoning Appeals Board or the Parks and Recreation Commission. It takes a lot of people working together to make a city run well.
What do you like most about your job?
I like that I get to advocate for things I believe in. I brought an idea to the city to get a charging station installed on the city hall campus. I worked with the services department to write a grant and get a plan in place. Fingers crossed it goes through! I am working to embrace other types of technology and tools that will make our city footprint less carbon reliant.
Why should kids and their families care about their local government?
People should care because it affects their everyday life. We vote and or oversee things that you would take for granted: on whether to fund parks, what the rec center can offer, the garbage pickup, the roads, and also what is allowed in buildings and remodeling, the businesses, the list goes on. It’s not glamorous but it’s important!
Is there anything else you would like to share about your job, the importance of participating in democracy, or citizenship?
Mostly, it makes me feel good that I can participate in my community. It has also made me think more about what it takes to make a city or a group get and stay organized and what it takes to make those cities or groups run smoothly for everyone.
The word Democracy describes a form of government. The word comes from two Greek words that mean “rule by the people.” In a democracy the people have a say in how the government is run. They do this by voting. Source: kids.britannica.com
The time is now for students to learn about the election process, understand the power of their vote, and become active participants in our constitutional democracy. iCivics encourages teachers, administrators, and families to help facilitate learning with these curated, non-partisan election teaching resources.
More activities you can do to learn about Democracy
Do you know anyone who makes our democracy stronger? It could be someone who encourages their community to vote, volunteers to help others, or protests injustice. Make a card celebrating and thanking them.
What’s something you think can improve your community, your school, or your church? Write a letter to a local official, administrator or clergy and let your voice be heard.
Look up careers in government. Learn about what a public servant does and create a list of qualities you think they should have to do their job well. Is their a career in government that you would like to pursue? Why or why not?
Go to the story with your parent or caregiver. Find out what is taxed and what isn’t taxed. See if you can calculate tax on items you buy by using your area’s tax percentage. Learn more about taxes by completing the activity sheets in this link.
This Fall, RRPL is challenging families to read more diverse books. We Read Together, We Stand Together is a Beanstack challenge for kids and their families. We challenge our young patrons to read five diverse books. Below are some of our favorite picture books that teach and celebrate what makes us different and what brings us together. The We Read Together, We Stand Together Challenge goes from September 1 – December 20.
When a young girl is asked where she’s from–where she’s really from–she’s no longer as she was. She decides to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-persistent question. But he doesn’t quite give her the answer she expects.
Forest Feast Cooking Class with New York Times best selling cookbook author Erin Gleeson was an inspiring hit!
Youth and their families participated in Rocky River Public Library’s first virtual cooking class this summer. Guests were treated to a live zoom visit from Erin Gleeson, the author of the best selling “Forest Feast” cookbook series. She shared with the group her passion for cooking and why she chose to write a children’s cookbook. As a young mother herself, she said that she loves to create colorful recipes for kids to make, because who doesn’t love a rainbow?
The class also learned that she came to cooking as a second career, after art school. Her exceptional artistic talents are evident in her beautiful cookbooks for sure! Readers will love to eat up her beautiful artwork just as much as her scrumptious recipes! She has the world’s most amazing blog that you won’t want to skip out on. Check it out here https://www.theforestfeast.com/
Summer Time Treats: Grape Fizz and Fried Banana Splits!
The class started off with learning how to make fancy fizzy drinks every kid and kid at heart will love!
Erin Gleeson encourages experimentation and improvisation with her recipes. This recipe of Grape Fizz lends itself to a variety of delicious drinks just perfect for making your family’s next outdoor meal special.
Grape Fizz can be made easily from ingredients you have from home. No seltzer water? No problem! Any Sprite or 7-Up type soda will do. Don’t have white grape juice? Try your favorite juice you have on hand. Student chef Ella made Pineapple Fizz (featured at top). Ms. Heather’s favorite is orange fizz made with orange juice. The recipe works great with everything from juice, to lemonade, to fruit punch. Want to create a fancy topper but don’t have skewers? You can dazzle your family just as easily with fruit on a toothpick.
Cooking things up over Zoom! Fried Banana Splits!
The group ended class with the best way to end all things, dessert! Everyone did a wonderful job safely learning how to cut and fry a banana. They then topped it off with ice cream, nuts, and cinnamon. Soooo delicious!
Ready to create your own Forest Feast delights?
The entire cookbook series is available through our digital library service Hoopla! http://www.hoopla.com