In The News          

August 25, 1999

Newton County Enterprise

Jean witnessed this accident and is quoted in the article.
Laura took this picture.

November 10, 2004

Newton County Enterprise

Daphne "campaigned" for Grandpa Jim for about half an hour.
And Grandpa Jim did win re-election.

June, 2005

Newton County Enterprise

We had a garage sale.  The link is HERE

November 3, 2005

Rockford Register Star

Rebecca Hines of Rockford submitted this picture of her family's interesting Jack-O-Lanterns.

CHRISTOPHER SMITH | THE TIMES Christine Alms and Dan Zimmerman, of Schererville, met
five years ago on the South Shore train while commuting to work in Chicago. Zimmerman said
the train was a good place to get to know each other because they could have long
conversations. They went to a White Sox game for their first date, and they plan to marry in June.

Love on the South Shore

SCHERERVILLE: Couple to wed after many saved seats, long talks


This story ran on on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 12:31 AM CST

SCHERERVILLE | Next time you're on the South Shore, look around you.  It's very possible your soul mate could be sitting nearby.

That was the case for Schererville residents Christine Alms and Dan Zimmerman.  The couple, who plan to wed next summer, met five years ago on the train while commuting to work in Chicago.  The couple had a mutual friend on the train.

"I was dating somebody, and Dan and I became friends while we were riding the train," Alms said.

The relationship Alms was in soon ended, and she found herself attracted to her newfound friend on the train.

Zimmerman said he realized on his 22nd birthday that Alms could potentially be the one for him and that's when he decided to make his move.

A month after being introduced, the couple decided to go out on an official date.

"He thought I was cute, and I thought he was cute," Alms said.  "He asked to take me to a White Sox game."

Zimmerman said it was the perfect date for the perfect couple.

"We are both big fans of the White Sox," Zimmerman said. "It was kind of our first date."

Although neither Alms nor Zimmerman still commute to work on the South Shore, the train will forever hold sentimental value.

"We are going to take our engagement picture at the South Shore," Alms said.

Zimmerman said the train, surprisingly, was the perfect place to become acquainted with Alms.

"It's not like meeting in a bar.  It's somewhat of an intimate location," Zimmerman said.  "People on the train have pretty much the same interests.  You see people every day, and you kind of get to know them."

Alms said part of the courting process involved saving seats for one another, and having long conversations en route to work and back home again.

"My family thought it was kind of cute," Alms said. "They knew that I was actually sitting down and having a conversation."

CHRISTOPHER SMITH | THE TIMES Christine Alms and Dan Zimmerman, of Schererville, met
five years ago on the South Shore train and plan to marry in June. Although they don't
commute to Chicago for work these days, they plan to have their engagement picture taken
at a South Shore station

April 25, 2006

This story was on the front page of the Life&Style section of the Rockford Register Star:

Rebecca Hines and her daughter Hannah, 6, react as Alex, 9,
plays their Checkpoint pinball game Tuesday in their Byron home.

The family that plays pinball together ...

   When Rebecca Hines and her soon-to-be-husband, Bill, were stationed at a Naval base in Orlando, Fla., they’d hit the arcades to play pinball.  "He was so surprised because I was well-versed," said Rebecca, 34, a stay-at-home mom.  They rarely saw women playing the game.

   Today, she, her husband and their kids, Alex, 9, and Hannah, 6, play pinball at least an hour a week in their Byron basement. "It allows us to spend time together as a family," she said.

April 10, 2006

CBS 2 News Chicago

Finding A Carseat With The Right Fit For A Child With Disabilities


   Sue Corbet had her own segment on TV demonstrating carseat safety and talking about how important it is.  I don't know how long the link to the segment will be live, but here it is:   The video of Sue

May 9, 2006

Jean and Laura on NBC 5 News Chicago

In Line To See Conan O'Brien

Jean and Laura in line to see Conan

   Laura got the tickets to the show online.  They lined up at 9:30 and got in at 4:00.  They had a great time and were actually on the show very briefly as they touched the self-pleasuring bear.  Laura's childhood hero, Mr. T., was a guest on the was quite thrilling for her.

May 24, 2006

Laura on Max's Blog (Max works for Z97-5 in Nashville)

The Long Journey Home...

Airline travel blows, right?

Especially when you're a poor bastard who's makin' his way compliments of low-cost, no-frills carriers...

Step one - Stand in the pen with the herd like the cattle you are:


Me and 150 or so strangers sitting around waiting to be allowed on board... at which point we will push and shove like doomed concert-goers at a 1970's Cincinnati WHO concert!

The price was right, I guess.

We crawled on board and found our seats... expecting it to be another miserable, crowded, uncomfortable, screaming-child-filled travel experience.

That was before we met LAURA!

Laura has re-affirmed my faith inthe wonderful world of flight attendants!

She's the one who dimmed the lights and told us we could get a little extra reading light by pressing the "hairy lightbulb button" above our heads...

Never really thought of it that way... but, ya know... they ARE hairy lightbulbs!

Laura also had tasty nips... and, she wasn't afraid to share them with us!

There's something about Cheese Nips at 38,000 feet... I'm still not sure if they were a blessing or a curse... but, we clamored for them like we had been denied cheesey goodness for the past 13 years... Then we paid the paid the price of cheesey, motion-fueled nausea!

(That's the country guy from down the hall, coveting his package of nippage.)

ANYONE could have delivered cheese nips... but, it took our bouncy and fun duo of Laura & Maribel to deliver them with style! (There was also another cool attendant on the plane... but, she was in back and we didn't really get to deal with her.)

Cute, fun and tolerant of idiot passengers (me and the country guy), they restored my faith in the current state of flight attendant-dom... asking trivia questions... singing songs... making bad jokes... (wait, maybe that was me)

The Max Show

July, 2006

From Onboard, a monthly publication for the people of Southwest inflight

August, 2006

Alex's Winning Baseball Team

August, 2006

From Ogle County Life

September, 2006


Becky attended a Town Hall meeting regarding some school issues, and was on TV with Library Board Member Richard Pleniewiez.

September, 2006

Playing on the Huntsville local channels (including the local cable).

Teresa Womack in a TV spot for the Huntsville Hospital.

Click here to see the commercial!

November 2, 2006

The Post Tribune

Jeff working on the building!

Jean and Laura painted football signs that made the news!

The WGN News Van pulled up and Robert Jordan interviewed Laura!

Kathy was in the scene for about 2 seconds.  Laura's interview was shown on WGN'S Noon News.

And the link to the interview was on WGN's website and The Chicago Tribune's website!


Our signs were featured on the front page of the KV Post.
This local publication comes out once a week.

And finally....

Our sign was featured in a spot on!
And it also ran several times on CNN Headline News on February 3, 2007!
As Eileen aptly put it, our signs are becoming a legend!

Daphne on TV on her Birthday
March 27, 2007


Alex and Hannah at the Air Show
June, 2007

They sure had a great time!

Erin on TV on her Birthday
October 25, 2007

Erin on the Channel 7 News

Bill and Alex in the Rockford Register Star
December 12, 2007

The Hineses in the Rockford Register Star...Again!
Januray 13, 2007

They also made the print edition:  Here.

This article contains the two following quotes from Becky:

"Our sentiments echo Brett's",said Becky Hines. "He said they could go 6-10 or 10-6, that it could go either way. He just wanted to have a good season."  Instead, he got a great season.

No one's laughing now.

Except Hines. She used to be the lone Bears's holdout in the Byron family of Packer fans. She converted in March after attending the Packers's Fan Fest with her husband, Bill, 10-year-old son, Alex, and 7-year-old daughter, Hannah.

"I got a taste of the insanity," Becky Hines said. "God knows, I love the insanity."

And then their picture made the Front Page:

Cherie in The Wellspring---Fall 2009 Edition

Changes in the seasons affect us all in different ways.  For some, it may require an adjustment to our morning routine to get the kids off to school on time.  For others, it might mean getting up later when the sun is shining, rather than driving to work in the dark.  What changes do you make in your lifestyle, home or work habits to adjust to the shorter daylight hours and cooler weather that the coming of fall and winter brings?

Cherie Dabbs (Management Analyst) The biggest change I will make around this time of year is the time I start work.  I love to run outside and during the summer I usually run in the morning before work when it is still pretty cool outside.  But when it starts to stay dark later, I shift the running to after work and come to work around 6am.  I’m training for my first half marathon now so I need to devote more time to running and the cooler afternoon temperatures will be perfect for that.  I’m very excited for fall; it’s my favorite season.  I especially love the taste and smell of anything pumpkin-flavored . . . muffins, pie, coffee, and even beer   And my mom recently moved out here from Illinois so I can’t wait to show her around the area.  We can be tourists together.

Jeff on the front page of The Post Tribune---January 25, 2010

Some article about building stuff in this economy

Terry is on the very right of this picture---November, 2010

Oh Fuuudge competitors
Northwest Indiana Times
December 13, 2010

HAMMOND | Eleven-year-old Kimberly Snell, 11, returns with lug nuts for her father Eric at the Oh Fuuudge Relay Race at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. He must re-attach the tire with the lug nuts and the two of them jump back into a vehicle

Jeff and Brendan had a lot of fun in this contest

Hannah on the Rockford News Website---January 20, 2011

Mike's grandson Brandon Womack in a wonderful video

Watch his video here

Jean in the Hammond Times

Becky Wins State With Her Essay

From the Rockford News:  

“Mom, did you make any friends today?” my 9-year-old daughter asked after my first day at Rock Valley College. “No, Sweetie, I did not.” My 12-year-old son had a more astute observation: “Aren’t you embarrassed to be there? I mean, you are older than the other students.” I was embarrassed and quite self-conscious — for about 15 minutes. That embarrassment quickly made way for enthusiasm and the realization that I was finally taking the next step toward bettering my life.

“Going back to school” was merely an idea I had been mulling over for months, and when it was time to take action, Rock Valley College stood out as a great fit for me. The reasonable cost and location of the main campus meant that I could attend classes without adversely affecting my family’s finances. Their helpful staff guided me through the sign-up process, and before I knew it “going back to school” had made the leap from idea to reality.

My family noticed a change within weeks; I was happier, more organized, more focused. My workload forced me to manage my time more wisely and work more efficiently. My intellectual frustrations disappeared, as I was challenged by my professors and the class material. I felt confident, ready to take on new academic challenges and fill in my knowledge gaps.

However, the changes I’ve experienced run deeper than that. There is a renewed sense of curiosity and a desire to learn in our house — not only for me, but also my children and husband. They see the value of a quality education; they see me study, of course, but they also share my excitement to learn more material, to open more doors. By demonstrating that a life filled with education is a rich life, I set the stage for my children to succeed in their chosen paths.

Without the excellent professors and great classes at Rock Valley College, it would have been difficult to pass these lessons on to my children. “Education is important” would have been just words, instead of a way of life they now see. The example I set sends a stronger message: Pursue education with passion, and happiness will follow.

Rock Valley College has made it possible for me to reach my new potential and set higher goals for my life. It’s easy to see that I’m happier — which has a very nice trickle-down effect for my family — but going back to school has enriched my entire outlook on life. Anything is possible with an education; I felt that from my first day at Rock Valley College and still believe it today. My community college has most certainly changed my life for the better, and I even made a few friends.

From The Rockford Register Star:

Rebecca Hines, a student at Rock Valley College, won the Paul Simon Student Essay Contest for Illinois.

Her essay was one of 24 entries by community college students.

Hines will receive prize money, recognition at an awards ceremony at Rock Valley College and a luncheon in Normal. Lt. Governor Shelia Simon will help present the award, which was named after her late father, Paul Simon, who served in the U.S. Congress from 1975 to 1997.

Hines is the first Rock Valley College student to win the statewide contest since the competition was created in 1990.

The essay contest is held each year and is open to all Rock Valley College students. To enter, students must write an essay of fewer than 500 words on the topic, "How Community College Has Changed My Life."

From Rock Valley College Online:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Rock Valley College student Rebecca Hines has won the Paul Simon Student Essay Contest for the state of Illinois. Her essay was chosen as the winner by a panel of ICCTA (Illinois Community College Trustees Association) members from amongst 24 entries by students representing community colleges from across the state.

This contest is an annual event open to all currently enrolled Rock Valley College students. To qualify, each essay must be fewer than 500 words and must address the contest theme of How My Community College Has Changed My Life. Each year Rock Valley College chooses one winner who receives a monetary prize, special recognition at RVC’s Writing Awards Ceremony, and entry into the statewide contest.

Hines is the first student from RVC to claim the top prize in the state competition since the competition was created in 1990.

For also winning the state’s top honor, Hines will now receive an additional $500 award and a trip to a special awards luncheon in Normal, Illinois, on June 1, 2012. For the first time in since the contest was formed, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will be on hand to help present the scholarship named after her father, Paul Simon.

Becky's Billboard was in several places around Rockford

Jean in the Northwest Indiana Times:

June 13, 2012 12:00 am “I think Geisen Funeral Home has been a member since the Chamber’s inception, and I’ve personally been a member for two years now. Community involvement is an important part of my job, and the Chamber really does provide some very unique opportunities for business people. Working at events like Hometown Festival Days is just one example, but it’s what I love to do. You can to spend the entire day getting to know people, developing good strong relationships and ties with other business professionals. Chamber events create opportunities for people to talk about their businesses and learn about each other so it’s a great way to reach people with our story. It’s also exciting when an event draws so many people since so much work goes into it. Expanding and combining the Corn Roast, Taste of the Region plus the Arts & Crafts Festival makes so much sense. Not only is it a smart decision time-wise for everyone to work together, it’s really taking things up a notch, and we have the perfect community to do it! Crown Point is the perfect setting, and we are an extremely hard working Chamber.”

Jean Lahm, Geisen’s Funeral Home

Jean was co-chair of the Corn Roast.  Northwest Indiana Times:

Hail at the Corn Roast!

Daphne, Erin and cousin Maddie in the Northwest Indiana Times:

January 21, 2013

Staley Da Bear scored big with "da kids" Monday when he visited the Lowell Public Library to urge youngsters to tackle reading.

The mascot for the Chicago Bears charmed a field of kids and adults garbed in orange and Navy blue jerseys that swelled beyond the library's children's room and numbered more than 100.

Jean Presents Winning Poster Award

Jean as Co-Chair of the Crown Point Corn Roast


Jean Installation....Reginal Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors....2014

Billy Crump Jingles

The Times

December, 2013

Billy Crump Jingles is a friend of Brendan and Owen Lahm





The Times

January, 2014

Congratulations to Jean for winning this contest!


January 1, 2014

Owen at the St. Mathias Parish Hall
For Brendan's Birthday on New Year's Eve

This was a huge picture on the front page

Brendan and his crew were at their table during the magic show

The Lowell Parks Department

Facebook Page

January, 2014

Brendan doing Wado-Ki-Karate

Northwest Indiana Times

Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce

Daphne Pistello at the Corn Roast

If you recently indulged in buttery golden ears at the yearly Crown Point Corn Roast, you can thank the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce for hosting this popular event.

August 20, 2015 Karyn Brodsky Times Correspondent

What do you get when you combine approximately 700 businesses, engaging and exciting local activities and a commitment to support, advocate for and give back to the community? The answer: the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce.

If you recently indulged in buttery golden ears at the yearly Crown Point Corn Roast or attended the Food and Arts Festival, you can credit the chamber for hosting both events. At each gathering, attendees enjoyed delectable treats from local food vendors, and the Food and Arts Festival included local arts and crafters, live entertainment, a kids' zone area and a "Best Of" food competition.

The article continues with information about the Chamber of Commerce

Owen In The News

Terry's Obit went it is everywhere

Terry Ward

Terry Wayne Ward, age 71, of DeMotte, IN, escaped this mortal realm on
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, leaving behind 32 jars of Miracle Whip, 17
boxes of Hamburger Helper and multitudes of other random items that
would prove helpful in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

Terry is survived by his overly-patient and accepting wife Kathy, who
was the love of his life (a fact she gladly accepted sympathy for during
their 48 years of marriage). He is also survived by daughters Rebecca
(William) Hines and Jean (Jeff) Lahm; sister, Linda; brother, Phil;
grandchildren: Alexander and Hannah Hines (The Mesopotamians),
Daphne and Erin Pistello (The Daffer and Peanut), Brendan and Owen
Lahm (Phineas and Ferb) and Tessa McMurry (Smiley).

He is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Bernice Ward, daughter
Laura Pistello, grandson Vincent Pistello, brother Kenneth Ward, a 1972
Rambler and a hip.

Terry graduated from Thornridge High School in South Holland, IL,
where only three of his teachers took an early retirement after having had
him as a student. He met the love of his life, Kathy, by telling her he was
a lineman - he didn't specify early on that he was a lineman for the phone
company, not the NFL. Still, Kathy and Terry wed in the fall of 1969,
perfectly between the Summer of Love and the Winter of Regret.

Terry volunteered his service in the United States Army and was an active
combat Veteran in the Viet Nam War.

He retired from AT&T (formerly Ameritech, formerly formerly Indiana
Bell) after 39 years of begrudging service, where he accumulated roughly
3,000 rolls of black electrical tape during the course of his career (which
he used for everything from open wounds to "Don't use this button"

He enjoyed many, many things.

Among those things were hunting, fishing, golfing, snorkeling, ABBA,
hiking Turkey Run, chopping wood, shooting guns, Bed Bath & Beyond,
starlight mints, cold beer, free beer, The History Channel, CCR, war
movies, discussing who makes the best pizza, The Chicago White Sox,
old Buicks, and above all, his family.

He was a renowned distributor of popsicles and ice cream sandwiches to
his grandchildren. He also turned on programs such as "Phineas and Ferb"
for his grand-youngins, usually when they were actually there.

He despised "uppity foods" like hummus, which his family lovingly
called "bean dip" for his benefit, which he loved consequently. He
couldn't give a damn about most material things, and automobiles were
never to be purchased new. He never owned a personal cell phone and he
had zero working knowledge of the Kardashians.

Terry died knowing that The Blues Brothers was the best movie ever,
(young) Clint Eastwood was the baddest-ass man on the planet, and hot
sauce can be added to absolutely any food.

Tremendous and heartfelt thanks go to the truly exceptional nurses at
Southlake Methodist Hospital Neuro-Intensive Care Unit, who provided
much more than nursing care for Terry, but also provided a peaceful and
compassionate environment during his transition from this life to the next.

Friends can visit with the family on Saturday, January 27, from Noon
until the time of the Funeral Service at 4:00 PM, with Pastor Mark
Wilkins officiating, at Geisen Funeral, Cremation & Receptions Centre,
606 E. 113th Ave., Crown Point, IN. Services will conclude at the funeral

Memorial donations in Terry's name can be made to your favorite charity
or your favorite watering hole, where you are instructed to tie a few on
and tell a few stories of the great Terry Ward.

"Locked In at the Lake" in The Times

Locked In at the Lake Escape Room is doing quite well and it getting a lot of deserved attention in the Press.
January, 2019 in The Times

Erin is pictured and quoted in The Times:

#BlackLivesMatter in the Lake Central Community

Mateo Cedano (‘20) leads a protest held at the school following the death of George Floyd. The event took place on Thursday, June 16, and had approximately 300 attendees.

Mateo Cedano ('20) holds a protest at the school following the death of
George Floyd. The event took place on Thursday, June 16, and had
approximately 300 attendees.

Photo by Brian Scott

Erin is under the pink arrow and her quotes are purple in the article.

By Tiffanie Richerme, Nitya Shah, and Adriana Rodriguez

July 5, 2020

On Thursday, May 25, George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. The force in which Chauvin used on Floyd outraged many individuals throughout the nation, and even the world. Floyd’s death reignited Black Lives Matter, a movement that advocates against racial injustice and police brutality. This also prompted students to organize a protest for the Lake Central community to voice their opinions on school grounds. The protest took place on June 16, and approximately 300 students, faculty members and others attended. One of the organizers, Michaela Spears (‘20), took initiative to use this opportunity in order to speak about the movement and spread awareness.

“I was scared to publicly speak about my experiences of racism and racism in general, especially to an attentive crowd of all ethnicities. That’s something that doesn’t happen often at all. Usually, when speaking about experiences of racism they are brushed away, belittled and ignorantly accepted as a part of life. Saying my emotions aloud and sharing my stories to a listening crowd that’s demanding change was a new feeling. I think a lot of people at the open mic also felt those same emotions: fearful at first, empowered in the end. Because the population of Saint John is majority white, many have never/rarely experienced racism or discrimination; therefore they can easily ignore the issues of racism, discrimination, police brutality and systemic racism if they aren’t directly affected or exposed to the severity of these issues,” Spears said.

During the protest, attendees had the option to voice their opinions and feelings during open mic. Many took the opportunity to share their personal experiences with racism throughout their lives and within the school district.

“The last time I experienced racism at LC was in 8th grade at Kahler. I was in computer class, when somebody called me a ‘ni**er.’ It made me feel really upset and angry because I had just moved to that school. We all should be treated the same way no matter the circumstances we are under. Parents should further educate their kids about race and names given to them by racist actions. They should make sure their kids know what words to use and what words not to. Treat others how you want to be treated, and they will do the same,” E’lon Johnson (11) said.

One of the main ways many students feel the school can take action is by altering the curriculum of social studies courses. Kortni Minter (11) feels educating students on the culture and history of all races is key to being aware of the racial issues within the country.

“I do not believe our curriculum is white-washed; however, I believe it is leaving out important parts of history that make the country what it is today. It doesn’t go into much detail about black history as it would white history. It is not just our curriculum that is organized this way, but many other educational programs as well. I think it is very important for students to understand black culture as well as all the others. Although African American rights and history [are] being presented because of current racial injustice, it is important for us to not to forget about other cultures, languages and histories,” Minter said.

One of the main obstacles many minority students face in the world of public education is the lack of representation in their school’s faculty. The absence of a teacher, for example, that is of similar race or cultural background can make it difficult for students to connect with the material that is taught in the classroom environment. Students, such as Suha Issa (12), may feel that this can hinder them from excelling in their educational career.

“I think that our school can improve on having more minority faculty members by representing more people of color. Having a teacher that a minority student can really connect with is something so important to me. [It] is what makes [minority] students comfortable with educators. It’s not about what’s in the books, it’s the way that the teachers go forth about teaching it, and that’s the way that a teacher can really impact a student’s education,” Issa said.

To many people of color, the support from their white peers is vital during the fight against racial injustice. Erin Pistello (15) believes that in order to be a true ally, it is vital to stay educated on the topic as a whole and take action by promoting anti-racism, whether that be at home or publicly.
“I have the privilege of not having to worry about being hurt or killed by police if I stand up to them because of my race. My voice is protected by the color of my skin. I’d say that being an ally at this time is just being anti-racist and standing up for what’s right, more importantly checking your privilege and realizing and ending racially biased habits. People can stay informed by listening to black voices, doing research on the injustice in the criminal justice system and even reading into racial issues on social media. TikTok and Instagram are useful tools to see firsthand experiences and share information online,” Pistello said.

The younger generations, specifically “Generation Z,” have been heavily associated with the indulgence of social media. It is an accessible tool that many teenagers use to help promote awareness of many social issues while simultaneously reaching a larger audience. Hamza Abughofah (‘20) decided to use the popular social media platform Twitter to help bring awareness to the Chicago Community Bail Fund, currently utilized to assist those arrested at protests, specifically in Chicago and the surrounding area.

“I’ve long understood the need for change within our justice system as a whole, but often saw that people didn’t really understand it. With the murder of George Floyd, I felt like a lot of people finally understood it and felt helpless, so I decided to use my tweets as a way for people to interact in real-time with ways to help. A simple retweet was enough for a donation on their behalf, and I funded it knowing that these small acts of change could keep the momentum going for others who may feel like they’re finally contributing through my tweets. Many people almost lionize a social media presence, and seem to think that a constant presence for the cause is necessary by all. The truth is, we can’t expect everybody to be on the same page. There are many people out there who are still uncertain of how to feel, who may have turned a corner but are not strong enough or convinced enough to be loud. We can’t antagonize people for not over sharing because change comes in a variety of avenues, with the goal of changing the perception of the whole and moving the conversation forward. So maybe these people who aren’t necessarily posting all the time are doing other things. Maybe they’re having the tough conversations at the dinner table or with friends, or are internalizing all the information and forming an opinion. All these things do just as much, if not more at times, in regards to shifting the perception of the nation and moving the conversation forward,” Abughofah said.

In addition to utilizing social media, some students at Lake Central will be able to vote in the upcoming presidential election, thus voicing their opinions with their vote. Considering the candidates and participating in the election also gives students and others a chance to make a positive change. Kayla Longfield (12) explains that one vote can make a difference and even help advance the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I think a lot of people from the younger generations especially have been more active in trying to educate themselves and others on systemic racism in the United States. I believe that the responses of the presidential candidates to the Black Lives Matter movement will help influence the election to some degree. I personally can’t vote in this election, but I still think that voting is an important aspect of our democracy. One vote could make the difference between your district’s representatives choosing one candidate over another. Don’t go into the election blind. Look into the candidates beforehand and review their character, beliefs and policies. Also, look to see how each candidate has reacted to the Black Lives Matter movement,” Longfield said.

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