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Classroom Presentations

We gear classroom presentations toward specific grade levels. They include a discussion on the importance of voting, our local government, and the electoral process. Students have the opportunity to take part in a mock election and are also given the chance to pre-register or register to vote. For more information, contact us.

Sunshine State Young Readers and Florida Teens Read

We offer elementary and middle schools the opportunity to schedule their Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program (SSYRAP) elections. Students vote using DoubleClick Democracy Online Voting, so your school has flexibility to schedule their Election Day. With DoubleClick Democracy Online Voting, we provide access to the online ballot for the SSYRA and Florida Teens Read (FTR) programs. Interested schools can send a request on our Contact Us page.

SSYRAP and FTR Results

Congratulations to all Orange County schools* that participated in the 2020 - 2021 Sunshine State Young Readers Awards! 62 schools participated, and cast 2,785 votes.

Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program (SSYRAP) and Florida Teens Read (FTR) elections were held between March 8th and April 16th, 2021.

Below are the winning books for Orange County. For statewide winners, visit the Florida Association for Media in Education website. Statewide results will be posted on April 23rd, 2021.

SSYRA Jr. Winner

Can I Be Your Dog?
Written and illustrated by Troy Cummings


 

SSYRA 3 - 5 Winner

Olga and the Smelly Thing From Nowhere, by Elise Gravel


 

SSYRA 6 - 8 Winner

City Spies, by James Ponti


 

FTR Winner

Heroine, by Mindy McGinnis


 

Grade Levels Total Turnout
K - 2 2,055
3 - 5 689
6 - 8 38

*This year, participating schools partnered with our office to use our online ballot system, to give students doing remote or hybrid learning the opportunity to vote for their favorite book. For more information about the online ballot system used for this year's awards, please contact us.

Resources

 

Ben's Guide for U.S. Government Logo

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Great guide for all ages about our nation and government, with games and activities.
 

Florida State Seal

Florida Department of State Kids Page
Need help with your Florida projects and assignments? Learn Florida history and facts.
 

Kids Voting USA Logo

Kids Voting USA
Provides students with the opportunity to understand elections and the ability to vote online for the candidates running in a current election.
 

Florida State Senate Seal

Florida Senate Handbook for Kids (PDF)
Have you ever wondered who decides how long a school day can be? Learn this and much more with this fun and interactive handbook.
 

U.S. House of Representatives Seal

U.S. House of Representatives Kids Page
How does a bill become law? Learn this and more on the House of Representatives website.
 

Online Sunshine for Kids

Florida State Legislature: Sunshine for Kids
You will have the opportunity not only to learn but also play games, solve puzzles, and take a tour of the State's capital.
 

Supreme Court Building

Social Studies for Kids: The Supreme Court
Get to know your Supreme Court Justices and how, when, and why the highest court was founded.
 

U.S. Department of Justice Seal

U.S. Department of Justice: Justice 101
Learn about the courtroom, the criminal justice process, and more.

What are the requirements to vote?
A 5 minute read about the different requirements to vote across the country.