The Savannah Country Day School

Service Through Knowledge and Character

Upper School Students Work to Promote Democracy

It was a big week for democracy in the Upper School, both on campus and in the greater Savannah community! On Sept 27, Seniors Rachel Mascolo and Vik Manocha organized a voter registration drive to coincide with High School Voter Registration Week, a program of The Civics Center, which is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to promote youth civic engagement and participation. Together with support from Ms. Jewell Anderson, Ms. Michelle Dumais and Ms. Amy Laughlin, these students helped to educate their peers about the importance of civic engagement and to get them registered vote in our upcoming local and national elections. Altogether some 30 Country Day students became registered voters!
The work for democracy continued the following day... [click READ MORE]
The work for democracy continued the following day, as Upper School Spanish students collaborated with the League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia to staff a bilingual voter registration booth at the Fiesta Latina, which was held on River Street to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Our students used their Spanish to involve passersby in conversations about the importance of civic engagement and to help them navigate the process of registering to vote. Representatives from the League of Women Voters praised Country Day students for their ability to engage the public using Spanish and for the positive energy they brought to the event. 
Some of our student volunteers at the Fiesta Latina were even interviewed in Spanish by Radio Rumba, a Georgia-based Spanish-language radio station. In addition to providing logistical information on how, when and where citizens can register to vote, they also answered questions about climate change, the politics of the Spanish language in the United States and the role of millennials in upcoming elections. These impressive students –like so many here at County Day—have clearly gained the skills necessary to communicate meaningfully in Spanish. Click HERE to see a short video.