Chalkbeat Chicago | A Curveball For Civics: How Chicago Classrooms Are Responding To An Unusual Election

Alexa Valenzuela, a junior at Roosevelt High School, said talking about how she and her peers spent Election Day and working through anxieties during a civics class helped take the edge off post-election stress.

On Tuesday, Valenzuela had stopped by the basement of Albany Park’s Christ Lutheran Church to take part in a get-out-the-vote effort with other teens — a partnership between the nonprofit Communities United and several Chicago high schools called the Woke Project, which allows students to meet the district’s public service requirement. Like other students who were phone banking and dropping off election literature that day, Valenzuela felt her involvement was an effective antidote against Election Day jitters: “Even though I can’t vote, I can do my part.”

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