Your vote can make a difference

We’ll have the opportunity to vote for our next president on November 3. While you think about who you’re going to vote for, remember the poor and the homeless.

There are a lot of people who aren’t as fortunate as some of us, and they need help, wondering where their next meal is coming from. There are people everywhere who are having a hard time. Some of them don’t have a home to sleep in, and some are just too poor to afford things for their children or themselves. As Pope Francis said, “the Son of God came into this world as a homeless person. The Son of God knew what it was like to start life without a roof over his head.” Nobody in this world deserves to be homeless.

Your vote matters, and people out there need you. If you think one vote can’t change anything, you’re wrong. It can.

Kathleen Lemmons, age 12
Highland Catholic School

Vote with the homeless in mind

This November 3, you will have the power to vote for our next president as well as other important people in our state and country. As you think about who to vote for, think about the people who need special attention. One group I would point out is homeless people. Everyone deserves a second chance. It is probably really hard to get a job if you just came out of jail, if you have mental health issues or if you just moved here from a different country and you cannot speak English. If you do not have a job, it is hard to get a house and support yourself or your family.

Everyone deserves a roof over his or her head and a warm place to sleep. Please remember this when you vote in November. You could make the world a better place.

Claire Kennefick, Grade 7
Highland Catholic School


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Vote for equal pay for women

In today’s society, a woman makes 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. Just because of a person’s gender, they should not be paid less. You have the power to vote for a president who will change this.

I want all men and women to be paid the same and be able to do most of the same things. I do not want to see a gap between them. Like Pope Francis said, “Why is it taken for granted that women earn less than men? The discrepancy is pure scandal.”

In the upcoming election, I want everyone to think, ‘Will the candidate I’m voting for help solve this problem or will he or she ignore it?’

Andy Hobbs, Grade 7
Highland Catholic School

Save the planet with your vote

This season you will have the opportunity to vote for the candidate of your choice. While you are making your decision, keep in mind the environment and the impact your vote might have on it.

Global warming is destroying our planet, and we need to do something about it. That could mean you recycle or switch to LED lightbulbs. But the president also has a large say in whether or not renewable energy is important. It is our responsibility to keep the earth that God has given us clean and safe for everyone.

I cannot vote yet, but that is not stopping me from trying to make a difference. I would like you to keep in mind that our planet needs saving, and that means more than just saying that things need to change. We need to vote for a president who will make a change for the better.

Connor Simpson, Grade 7
Highland Catholic School

Vote for world peace

Next month you will have the chance to vote for the next president of the United States. Please think about what could help our community, who could solve world problems such as war and peace. I would love to see the world a peaceful place. I encourage you and many others to vote for reasons like this.

Jaelyn Kline, Grade 7
Highland Catholic School


Vote in the interest of the earth

This November 3 you will have the opportunity to vote for our next president as well as other elected officials in our state and country. As you consider who to vote for, take into mind our earth and think about such issues as pollution, littering and global warming.

When we choose to pollute, we’re hurting the air that we breathe and the earth that was given to us. The choices we make everyday can help or hurt us, like driving to school instead of walking. When you walk, you’re not only helping your community, you’re helping yourself. The air that you help keep clean is your air, too. As Catholic social teaching says, we should care for God’s creation.

We all want a better environment. Please, take into mind what environment you want and how your vote now will help future generations.

Isabella Wengelewski, Grade 7
Highland Catholic School

Vote for equality in education

This November 3, you have the power to vote for our next president along with other leaders in our state and country. While you think about who is a better candidate for the job, think about the education children are getting. Children of color are not getting the same education as white children are. If you don’t get a good education, it can have a major effect on your future. Like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, “Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.”

Take this into consideration when you cast a vote on November 3.

Ella Matschina, Grade 7
Highland Catholic School

Biodiversity is on the ballot

This November you will cast a vote to select our next president and other government officials. While you are thinking about who to vote for, take notice of the unique habitats that are being destroyed across the world. In the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota, mining companies are threatening the environment that many animals and plants rely on. Also, farms are endangering forests and prairies throughout our state. We need to help preserve these special places in order to save many species of plants and animals. As Pope Francis said, “We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behavior.”

Humans have caused enough habitat destruction already. Please consider this as you cast your ballot.

Ezra Kusa, Grade 7
Highland Catholic School

Vote for a better environment

The election is coming. As you think of whom you will vote for, consider the environment. Our environment is breaking because no one is taking care of it. This is our home, and we must care for it. Pope Francis stated, “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more like an immense pile of filth. The earth was here before us and was given to us.” If we don’t start caring for the planet, our environment will be terrible by 2050. We are making climate change worse and worse, and we are making some animals go extinct. If we want the environment to get better, we must start now.

Genevieve Arlandson, Grade 7
Highland Catholic School



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