Creative Clubhouse Stories is preparing for the upcoming election with a read aloud of the book Vote for Our Future read by teaching artist Caitlyn McCain. We hope this read aloud will help you explore what voting is, the history of voting, and why it’s important.
About the Book
In this charming and powerful picture book about voting and elections, the students of Stanton Elementary School learn how we can find–and use–our voices for change.
Every two years, on the first Tuesday of November, Stanton Elementary School closes for the day. For vacation? Nope! For repairs? No way! Stanton Elementary School closes so that it can transform itself into a polling station. People can come from all over to vote for the people who will make laws for the country. Sure, the Stanton Elementary School students might be too young to vote themselves, but that doesn’t mean they can’t encourage their parents, friends, and family to vote! After all, voting is how this country sees change–and by voting today, we can inspire tomorrow’s voters to change the future.
Read Vote for Our Future with Caitlyn!
Stat the Conversation: Civic Duty
“Kids have to live with adult choices!”
A Vote for Our Future by Margaret McNamara and Micha Player
It’s true! Kids do have to live with adult choices, especially the choices made in elections. The democratic right to vote in America is a hard fought battle that continues in modern America. So, how are we talking to our young people about their civic duty and the power of voting?
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Caitlyn McCain (she/her) is a Teaching Artist and Education Associate for Public Engagement with New York City Children’s Theater. She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. She is currently pursuing her MA in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York. As a teaching artist, Caitlyn has served a wide range of student populations, including young people in transitional housing, neuro-diverse populations, and teens across all five boroughs of NYC. Her work centers social-emotional growth through a trauma-informed lens with the goal of fostering a generation of critical thinkers who have the tools to mindfully and meaningfully engage with the world around them. During her time with New York City Children’s Theater, Caitlyn developed Start the Conversation, a series that provides grown-ups with the language and tools necessary to start and continue nuanced conversations around big topics with their children. Additionally, Caitlyn has been featured in the New York Times for her work engaging young people through theatre during the Covid-19 Pandemic. She was a featured speaker at Teacher Tom’s 2021 and 2022 Play Summit, where she spoke on the importance of theatrical performance and play in early childhood education.