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A graduate of Sacred Heart School in Omaha and former Harlem Globetrotter Les “Peewee” Harrison brought a basketball and his former teammate Tyrone “Hollywood” Brown to the school Sept. 20 as they talked about civic responsibility. From left are third-graders Latyn Stubblefield and Chade Dol and fifth-graders Kennison Barfield and LaBriyah Wells, and Father David Korth, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish.

Former Globetrotter brings civics lesson

Sacred Heart School graduate and former Harlem Globetrotter Les "Pee Wee" Harrison brought a civics lesson titled Every Kid Votes! to his alma mater Sept. 20 in Omaha.

Showing their basketball skills while promoting civic responsibility, Harrison and former Globetrotter teammate Tyrone "Hollywood" Brown told the school’s 140 students about the importance of voting and encouraged them to participate in a national, student-driven, mock presidential election Nov. 1.

The former Globetrotters’ appearance was part of a national effort aimed at inspiring students to understand and participate in the nation’s politics and civic life, organized by Utah-based Responsibility Foundation and Studies Weekly, an elementary school curriculum provider.

As part of the program, teachers at Sacred Heart and other schools around the country will teach 10 lessons on civic responsibility leading up to the mock election.

"The Every Kid Votes! program teaches our students and future American citizens that they don’t have to wait to be 18 to be heard," Harrison said. "Through this program, we’re engaging students in our nation’s most important critical thinking and decision making event."

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