Calumet City High School Students 'Parade To The Polls'

Mike Krauser
October 31, 2018 - 5:10 pm
Thornton High School Parade To The Polls

WBBM Newsradio/ Mike Krauser

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Students at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City took part in a “Parade to the Polls” Wednesday afternoon.

 “Your voices are going to be heard,” teacher Emily Biegel said. 

Students got a send-off from Biegel as they prepared to parade a couple blocks to the local library and vote for the first time. 

“Anything we can do to support them to get out and vote and become life-long voters is really important and exciting,” she said. 

Fellow students cheered as 27 seniors paraded out of the school and a couple blocks to the local library to vote for the first time. They were accompanied by teachers, school board members and the mayor of Calumet City.  

Principal Duane Evans said the school has worked to teach kids how vital voting is to democracy. 

“We’re trying to enlighten our students as schools should do all the time about the importance of voting,” he said.

 Student Jesus Espinosa was excited to vote for the first time.  

“The community actually cares, the school actually cares about us, about what we want and trying to step us forward as citizens and making us do our own part -- taking part in voting instead of just complaining like most people," he said.

They were not marching off like lemmings, he said. They can think for themselves and they’ve been doing research on who to support.