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October 29, 2008 > Elementary students to vote on Monday

Elementary students to vote on Monday

Submitted By Children's Way Foundation

Studies Weekly(r), publisher of "textbooks" in newspaper and magazine format used by millions of elementary students, has partnered with Woogi World(tm), a safe children's virtual world with hundreds of thousands of young users, to provide a rich civics experience that students are sure to remember.

On Monday, Nov. 3, at least four million students will vote in the combined Studies Weekly(r) Woogi World(tm) student presidential election. The election will be administered by school faculty via the Internet so only K-6 students will have voting access. However, everyone may view the voting results for each of the 50 states at www.studiesweeklyvote.com throughout the day of the election. Polls will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. in each time zone from Maine to Hawaii. As the polls close in each time zone, the color of each state will change on the electoral map to blue or red.

Similar student elections have been notoriously accurate in predicting the outcomes of actual elections. It is believed this is because students usually vote the same as their parents. This student election is unique compared to past student elections because far more students will participate. It will also be different because the results will be available for the rest of the country to see - in real time - as the students' votes tally up in each state.

In the days leading up to the election, students will participate in pre-election activities now at www.woogiworld.com. Woogi World(tm) is Studies Weekly's online partner and any child may go there to adopt a woogi and begin their participation. There, students will complete the Civics Adventure designed to be educational and fun while preparing them for the election. After the Civics Adventure is completed, students may cast their vote at the voting booth in Woogi World too. The Woogi World voting booths will open Monday, Oct. 27, and stay open through Monday, Nov 3. The votes cast at Woogi World and Studies Weekly will be reported separately to avoid double voting.

Children's Way Foundation Offices is located in Castro Valley, Calif., Provo, Utah, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.childrensway.com or www.woogiworld.com or contact Eric Clare at (510) 593-0574 or ericc@childrensway.com.

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