Former Harlem Globetrotters visit Hodge Elementary, teach kids importance of election process, voting


Now that the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is over, the only thing left to do is get out and vote on November 8th!

With the help of two very special people, some local students are getting involved in the election season, too.

News 3’s Courtney Cole has the story.

Third, fourth and fifth graders filled the gym of Hodge Elementary with excitement…not only because they were going to meet former Harlem Globetrotters—but because they were eager to hear the message they had to share.

“We’re going into the schools as well and we’re talking to the kids about responsibility, especially civic responsibility. “

Savannah native and Hodge Elementary Alumnus Tyrone “Hollywood” Brown, and his teammate Les, “Pee Wee” Harrison are working together to teach kids across the country about the election and the importance of voting on their “Drive for Responsibility Tour.

On tour, they will also introduce the kids to the idea of a Statue of Responsibility, which will act as a sister statue to the Statue of Liberty. It will symbolize liberty and civic responsibility to exercise freedom; it’s set to be built on the West Coast.

“It’s very important, because these kids are our future. If we don’t teach them at a younger age, they’ll just glance at the election or glance at the debates and have nothing to do with it,” Brown told News 3.

But after today, these students have a much better understanding of what the President of the United States does…

COURTNEY:”What does the president do?”

“..takes care of the White House and make you go to school and get a better education,” said Janiah Nyersaim, a 4th grader at Hodge Elementary school.

And the power voting holds.

“Voting is important because we get to choose a person to lead our country,” said Janaydiah Miller, also a 4th grader at Hodge Elementary.

COURTNEY: “And are you excited about doing that?

“Yes,” Miller told News 3.

While the children are excited to be apart of the process, Brown says he’s excited to be apart of their lives.

“Any time that I can change one kid’s life, I’ve done my part.”

The learning process doesn’t end here.

On November 1st, seven days before the general election, Hodge Elementary School students will also get the chance to participate in their own mock election to vote for their choice for President of the United States.

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