4th Graders Want You to “Vote for Somebody” (VIDEO)

As Americans prepare for the 2012 Presidential election, check out this amazing group of 4th grade citizen scholars from Harlem who want you to get out and vote for somebody.

Lyrics for the song appear at the end of the post.

The students are part of New York City’s Democracy Prep Public Schools whose mission is “to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.”

The first of its schools, the Democracy Prep Charter School, started in 2006 and is now the number one ranked public middle school in New York City. The network has expanded to six schools serving about 1,000 students in Harlem. 100 percent of the students are African-American or Latino with 12 percent of students entering school are English Language Learners.

The schools are committed to providing their students who often start school behind grade level and come from challenging home environments with the tools to succeed academically and their results are outstanding. Take a look at the data:

  • While 90 percent Democracy Prep scholars enter below grade level, 90 percent have passed their regents exams after just four years.
  • Students entering Democracy Prep are on average at least two years behind in reading and math yet over the course of their first year they make up to 3 grade levels of progress.
  • Compared to other high-performing charter schools in NYC, students at Democracy Prep made the most progress on state math and ELA tests in 2010.

What an incredible network of schools! I have no doubt that the Harlem Hawks will go on to college and then change the world.

“Vote for Somebody” Lyrics

Its time again now to speak / to what your nation needs / and time to challenge your beliefs. / The power is yours today. / So put your hands to the fight. / Start exercising your right. / Debates are yours to ignite.

What do you have to say?

Blue Democrats and red Republicans want / Your support on taxes and healthcare, but / Are you going to be persuaded?

VOTE for Obama / Or VOTE for Romney! / It’s your civic duty! / Vote for somebody! / So many ’round the world /LONG for democracy. / So here’s YOUR reminder! / Vote FOR somebody!

VOTE for Obama / Or VOTE for Romney! / It’s your civic duty! / Vote for somebody! / So many ’round the world /LONG for democracy. / So here’s YOUR reminder! / Vote FOR somebody!

How do you think they can solve / the issues facing us all from JOBS to energy and war? / Tell me your reasons why. / You might say, “It’s just one vote.” / You might think you just don’t know. / The truth is you’re really not alone. / Research the facts tonight.

Blue Democrats and red Republicans are / Out trying to make a difference, but / HOW are you going to help them make it???

VOTE for Obama / Or VOTE for Romney! / It’s your civic duty! / Vote for somebody! / So many ’round the world /LONG for democracy. / So here’s YOUR reminder! / Vote FOR somebody!

VOTE for Obama / Or VOTE for Romney! / It’s your civic duty! / Vote for somebody! / So many ’round the world /LONG for democracy. / So here’s YOUR reminder! / Vote FOR somebody!

If you’re going to vote November 6 / Then put your hands up! / Voice your choice loud! / HAWKS / Yeah, you’re a citizen now!

If you’re going to vote November 6 / The put your hands up! / Voice your choice loud! / HAWKS / Yeah, you’re a citizen now!

VOTE for Obama / Or VOTE for Romney! / It’s your civic duty! / Vote for somebody! / So many ’round the world /LONG for democracy. / So here’s YOUR reminder! / Vote FOR somebody!

 

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55 comments

Beth Talmage
Beth Talmage3 years ago

I love this!

Carole R.
Carole R.3 years ago

Thanks for this post.

Christine Stewart

I am glad the kids are trying to get out the vote!

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence3 years ago

Beautiful! OBAMA!!!

Mari 's
Mari 's3 years ago

Obama 2012! :)

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

rene davis
rene davis3 years ago

Thanks.

Vicky P.
Vicky P.3 years ago

agree with greenplanet, a two party system isn't working since both are bought.

Giana Peranio-paz

Noted. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl I.
Past Member 3 years ago

Noted, thank you.