NEWTOWN >> Just five days before the Presidential election, Newtown Friends School had a timely visit from the C-SPAN Campaign 2016 bus on Nov. 3.
The C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) bus is a multimedia demonstration vehicle that travels around the country teaching students about C-SPAN and their non-partisan educational and political resources. The bus logs many miles, making stops at schools, universities, book festivals and significant political events such as the Presidential debates.
Newtown Friends School’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students all had the opportunity to spend time on the bus. They met with C-SPAN Campaign 2016 bus staff, who explained how C-SPAN was created as a public service organization that broadcasts events, which are important to the public, without any commercials.
Using interactive computers, students were able to quiz themselves about various political topics. The staff also introduced the students to a C-SPAN sponsored video contest called StudentCAM, where students in grades 6th through 12th can submit a short video documentary on the following topic - “What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?”
Newtown Friends School’s 7th grade students will be facilitating a mock election on November 8 where NFS students will get to place their own vote for one of the Presidential candidates.
Newtown Friends School is a Pre-K through eighth grade coed day school located in Bucks County. Rooted in Quaker values, NFS was founded in 1948 by Newtown Friends Meeting and provides a dynamic, student-centered curriculum.