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South Tama teachers recognized by Secretary of State Paul Pate

June 9, 2017
Special to The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Special to The Chronicle

Teachers Sarah Mallen, South Tama County High School, Seth Koch, South Tama County High School and George Kuhter, South Tama County Middle School were recognized today for organizing South Tama County School District's participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general Election. Students voted on their choice of the 2016 general Election Candidates. The results were then totaled with results from other Iowa schools and reported on Secretary of State Paul D. Pate's website:

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Seth Koch, George Kuhter and Sarah Mallen - members of the South Tama staff recognized by Secretary of state Paul Pate for their organizing pf South Tama County School District’s participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general Election

The following teachers stepped up and registered to include our student's voices in the statewide straw poll and as a result of their efforts, their students got a unique civic education experience:

Because of the leadership from Iowa teachers the Iowa Youth Straw Poll was nationally recognized this year, winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election, Additionally, the social media program, #laparticipate, was a national top five finalist for a Government Social Media Award.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate sent these teachers a congratulatory certificate for their part in making the Iowa Youth Straw Poll nationally recognized.

"My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Polls a huge success," said Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State. "More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide. We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers. The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them become engaged in civics in their community."

The Iowa Youth Straw Polls were the culmination of Caucus 101 and Elections 101. Those are free, online, social studies curricula developed by Secretary Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students. They are available for anyone to use at Elections



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