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What Will You Write on Your Postcard?

 

This month’s CIVICKIDS theme is Leadership and the digital challenge is Postcard Party! What makes a great leader? The first step is listening. There are so many different people who are listening to what’s important to you and your community every day. Even if you can’t vote until you turn 18, you can still have your voice heard by writing your representatives. As an artist you have the advantage of making your letters and postcards stand out with color and design, but what will you write on the back of the postcard?

  1. Identifying Your Leaders

    From the president to your local and federal representatives, there are so many leaders representing you. Who else in your community represents you? Teachers, librarians, and other grown-up leaders all care about your ideas. You can write as many postcards to as many different people as you want! You don’t even have to write your own representatives– there may be times where it’s worth writing a Congressperson or Senator from another district or state.

  2. Find An Address

    Ask an adult to help you find the address of your chosen representative. Adults can search both senate.gov and house.gov for a complete list of the American legislative leaders. Writing a community leader? Many public workers’ addresses can be found online too.

  3. What Do You Care About?

    What matters to you? What makes a difference in your life that you want to say thanks for? What would you change if you were in charge?

  4. Fill In the Blanks

     Getting started is easy, just fill in the blanks below!

 

Dear [Your Leader],

My name is [Your Name], I am a [Fourth Grader/Soccer Player/Artist] from [Your School or Neighborhood]. Thank you for _______. I care about _____. Will you support ____ in 2019?

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

 

 

How will you modify the Postcard Party project? Share your creations and follow along with #CMACIVICKIDS!

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.

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