Redbank Valley High School’s Mock Election to Be Aired Aired Early Thursday Morning on ABC News Nightline

rvhsNEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. (EYT) – The segment featuring Redbank Valley High School’s mock election will be aired tonight on ABC’s Nightline program; it is slated to begin at 12:35 a.m.

(Photo above: ABC News Nightline films inside Redbank Valley High School auditorium as student election board members look on.)

A few weeks ago, Redbank Valley Middle School teacher Dr. Joe Harmon was contacted by ABC News Nightline producers. The television network was interested in filming the school’s mock election.

The network developed a segment titled “How is the election being taught in American classrooms?” and made arrangements to film at Redbank Valley’s mock election on Wednesday, October 26.

Harmon was contacted for the segment due to his position on the iCivics board. Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and encourage them to become active in the U.S. democracy.

Nightline anchor Terry Moran and his two-person camera crew filmed Harmon’s civics class before covering the election in the school’s auditorium as part of their “Inside the Final 30″ election series.

“We look for stories either with candidates themselves…or we look for specific stories that we think tell us something about the country and this campaign,” said Moran in explaining how Redbank Valley High School was chosen for the news segment.

Director of elections Cindy Callahan and Daniel Chalupsky, of ElectionIQ, LLC, instruct students on the voting machines.

Director of elections Cindy Callahan and Daniel Chalupsky, of ElectionIQ, LLC, instruct students on the voting machines.

Prior to the mock election, students were required to make campaign posters, political cartoons, and promotional commercials.

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The segment will also be posted on http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline starting tomorrow, November 3.


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